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Date published: October 1, 2021

Landsat 9 Reaches Orbit, Makes Ground Contact to Continue Legacy

Landsat 9 is functioning as expected after its successful launch at 1:12 p.m. CT Monday, Sept. 27, from Vandenberg Space Force Base to join its two predecessors in orbit.

The Earth-observing satellite separated from the Atlas V rocket at 2:34 p.m. and made contact about 80 minutes later with the ground station at Svalbard, Norway.

Date published: September 30, 2021

NEW TNMCorps Mapping Challenge for Cemeteries in Western Tennessee

With school schedules settling in and the Colorado Schools challenge now complete, we are launching a “spooktacular” challenge to kick off the fall season. This challenge will focus on cemeteries in Western Tennessee.  

Date published: September 30, 2021

FINISHED!! TNMCorps Mapping Challenge for Schools with No Edit History in Colorado

Volunteers have now completed their first challenge focusing on points with no edit history - CONGRATS! A special thanks to everyone who contributed!

Date published: September 30, 2021

FY22 U.S. Geological Survey Broad Agency Announcement for 3D Elevation Program Released

The USGS has issued the Fiscal Year 2022 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the 3D Elevation Program. Partnership opportunities for the acquisition of lidar data now available. 

Date published: September 24, 2021

USGS and the Republic of Peru Sign an Agreement for Remote Sensing Operations and Technological Development

Joint cooperative project in scientific research serves the common interest and mutual benefit of both countries in satellite imagery and mapping, public health, and safety.

Date published: September 22, 2021

EROS, Landsat 9 Ground System Ready for Launch

The launch of Landsat 9 in late September of 2021 represents a major milestone for a five-decade partnership between NASA and the USGS that continues to set the standard for high-quality Earth observation.

Date published: September 21, 2021

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge Summary Results for City / Town Halls in IA & MN

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

Date published: September 17, 2021

Historic Prototype Viewers to be Decommissioned

On October 14, 2021, the USGS is retiring the LandsatLook 1.0 (now LandLook) and Sentinel2Look prototype viewers. 

Date published: September 17, 2021

Landsat 9: Payloads stacked atop Atlas V for launch

The Landsat 9 spacecraft that will continue an unbroken, decades-long record of observing the changes of planet Earth and a CubeSat rideshare package are mounted atop the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. This complex launch features four burns by the Centaur upper stage to release the payloads into two different orbits.

Date published: September 16, 2021

Landsat Enables Mapping of Fire Histories Across Florida

Wildfires tend to dominate headlines. Prescribed burns, also known as controlled burns, get less attention, but they’re certainly not uncommon—especially in the Southeast.

Date published: September 16, 2021

Analysis of Updated USGS Database Finds Increase in America’s Lands and Waters Managed for Biodiversity

The analysis was made possible by PAD-US 2.1, the most complete geospatial database of U.S. parks and protected areas ever assembled