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November 24, 2008 - Access to Landsat 1-5 Archive

Electronic access to the entire USGS Landsat 7 archive, enabling users to download standard-format scenes at no charge, has been an amazing success with over 80,000 scenes downloaded since October 1st. The rest of the USGS archive, from Landsat 1 through Landsat 5, will be released by December 30, 2008. (Read More)

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October 1, 2008 - Landsat 7 ETM+ Data Now Available at No Charge

October 1, 2008 - All Landsat 7 ETM+ scenes held in the USGS EROS archive are now available at no charge. Newly acquired Landsat 7 ETM+ SLC-off images with less than 40 percent cloud cover are automatically processed (Read More)

September 17, 2008 - NASA Selects Contractor For LDCM Mission Operations Element (MOE)

NASA selected The Hammers Company, Greenbelt, Md., to build the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Mission Operations Element (MOE).

September 15-19, 2008 - LGSOWG-37 Meeting with International Cooperators

The Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group (LGSOWG-37) meeting was organized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and hosted by the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE), Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, China, September 15 - 19, 2008. (Read More)

July 31, 2008 – RFI: Landsat Raw Data Products

The US Geological Survey seeks information to determine if there is interest by one or more commercial or non-profit vendors in offering Landsat products beyond those available from the US Geological Survey (USGS). (Read More)

July 15-17, 2008 - Landsat Science Team Meeting

A status review of Landsat 5 and 7 satellites and Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) development progress were the primary topics of discussion at the latest Landsat Science Team Meeting held at USGS Headquarters in Reston, Virginia July 15-17, 2008. Science and applications results from members' research activities were also presented.

June 6, 2008 - Newly acquired Landsat 7 scenes over Eurasia now available at no charge.

The USGS Landsat Project has expanded its free data acquisitions to Eurasia. As nearly cloud-free scenes are acquired by Landsat 7, they are automatically processed and posted online for users to download at no charge. (Read More)

May 7, 2008 - Landsat Satellite Imagery Used to Assess the Impact of Myanmar's Cyclone Nargis

USGS is providing Landsat satellite imagery to aid rescue and recovery efforts in Myanmar in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis’s landfall on May 3. International emergency response teams are using the Landsat images to assess the extent of flood damage caused by the cyclone in the affected region. Read the News Release - .pdf (479 KB)

May 2, 2008 - Request For Information: Satellite Ground Station Services for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)

The Department of Interior (DOI), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Sioux Falls, SD seeks information and capability statements for a "Satellite Ground Station Services for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)." For more information, see here.

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April 24, 2008 - Landsat Data Continuity Mission USGS Acquisition Strategy for Ground System Segments, LDCC, and TSSC Contracts Awarded

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) share responsibility for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM).

April 22, 2008 - NASA Selects Contractor for Landsat Data Continuity Mission Spacecraft

NASA has selected General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Inc., to build the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft. For more information, see the NASA News Release.

April 22, 2008 - The U.S. House of Representatives honors Landsat on Earth Day.

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives honored the Landsat missions by entering a resolution that expressed appreciation to all contributing scientists, engineers, and program personnel for the first 35 years of the Landsat program and urged continuation of the Landsat program for another 35 years. For details of the resolution, please see H. Res. 891. .pdf (27.1 KB)

April 21, 2008 - Imagery for Everyone

By February 2009, any Landsat archive scene selected by a user will be processed, at no charge, automatically to a standard product recipe and staged for electronic retrieval. In addition, newly acquired scenes meeting a cloud cover threshold of 20% or below will be processed to the standard recipe and placed online for at least three months, after which they will remain available for selection from the archive. Details can be found in the USGS Technical Announcement - .pdf (66.8 KB).

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March 31, 2008 - Newly acquired Landsat 7 scenes over Africa are now available at no charge.

As Landsat 7 acquires clear scenes over Africa (less than or equal to 20 percent cloud cover), the Landsat Project is automatically processing those scenes to an L1T, applying precision ground control and the SRTM DEM for geometric correction. (Read More)

March 26, 2008 - The 17th Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG) meeting

The 17th Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG) meeting, organized and hosted by the USGS, was held in Chantilly, Virginia, March 3–7, 2008. International Cooperator (IC) representatives from nine countries and members of the USGS Landsat Project, (Read More)

March 10, 2008 - 2008 Pecora Award Nominations

Call for Nominations for 2008 William T. Pecora Award: The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that have made outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. The Department of the Interior (DOI) (Read More)

March 3, 2008 - Request for Proposal: Mission Operations Element

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Mission Operations Element (MOE) Request For Proposal (RFP) was released on March 1, 2008.

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February 29, 2008 - Landsat 5 Satellite Back in Action

Orbiter's Designed Three-Year Mission, Begins its 24th Year in Operation March 1!  The earth imaging satellite Landsat 5 is once again collecting and downlinking land-image data. The satellite was temporarily taken out of service in October 2007 following a cell failure within one of the satellite's two operating on-board batteries. (Read More)

January 25, 2008 - Landsat 5 Update

The USGS is pleased to announce that Landsat 5 tested imaging with the Thematic Mapper on January 10, 2008 during a pass over Brazil and Argentina. (Read More)

January 22, 2008 – High Volume Distribution for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission

The USGS is requesting information from individuals and organizations with an interest in accessing and regularly acquiring large volumes of data from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) earth science data archive. (Read More)

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