Media Advisory: Officials, Agencies Celebrate 25 Years of Groundbreaking Science in Sioux Falls

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The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA will honor their 25-year science partnership and ongoing advancements in land remote sensing at a ceremony in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Thursday.

The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA will honor their 25-year science partnership and ongoing advancements in land remote sensing at a ceremony in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Thursday. 
 

Land remote sensing through the USGS-NASA partnership is vital to protecting and enhancing health, safety, national security, economic growth and quality of life in the United States. It provides information for critical scientific work such as domestic crop yield predictions that are critical for agricultural markets, famine early warning predictions, wildfire and drought monitoring, volcano and landslide monitoring, and earthquake studies. 

In August 1990, the USGS and NASA jointly established the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center for collecting and disseminating critical land remote sensing information at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science center in Sioux Falls. This hub archives data from various land observing NASA satellites, and distributes them to over 130,000 global users.

What: Reporters are invited to the 25th anniversary celebration of the historic USGS-NASA land remote sensing partnership, its economic impact on the tri-state area and its myriad national benefits.

Who: Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior
Suzette Kimball, Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey
Kevin Murphy, Program Executive, Earth Science Data Systems, NASA
Larry Pressler, Former South Dakota Senator (1979 to 1999)
Matt Michels, Lieutenant Governor South Dakota
Mike Huether, Mayor, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

When: Thursday, August 27
10:30 a.m. Ceremony
11:45 a.m. Media segment, including interview opportunities

Where: USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center
47914 252nd Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (map)