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Important Areas in the Development of Landsat 8

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Important Areas in the Development of Landsat 8

The images on this page show areas in Maryland, California, Arizona, and South Dakota. Each of these locations played pivotal roles in the creation, implementation, and ongoing support of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the source of the Landsat 8 satellite.

Greenbelt, Maryland

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), located in Greenbelt, Maryland was responsible for overall mission development and integration for the LDCM, as well as designing and building the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). These images, created from data collected from the OLI sensor aboard the satellite on April 2, 2013, show Greenbelt and the surrounding the area.

Greenbelt, Maryland
Left: Full scene; Middle: Zoom displaying the Washington DC area (including Greenbelt, in upper right corner); Right: Zoom displaying the Gov. Harry Nice Memorial Bridge between Virginia and Maryland. (All images are False color composite (Bands 6,5,4))

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Full scene of OLI Bands 4,3,2 (Natural Color), with panchromatic band sharpening - .jpg (7.3 MB)

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Full scene of OLI Bands 6,5,4 (False Color), with panchromatic band sharpening – .jpg (7.3 MB)

Greenbelt, Maryland

Full scene of Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Band 10 - .jpg (7.6 MB)

California Coastline

The LDCM satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, which is situated along the California coast. These images, created from data collected from the OLI sensor aboard the satellite on March 22, 2013, show the area surrounding Vandenberg.

California Coastline
Left: Full scene; Middle: Zoom displaying Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg Village, and Lompoc, CA; Right: Zoom displaying the Vandenberg Air Force Base and runway. (All images are False color composite (bands 6,5,4)

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Full scene of OLI Bands 4,3,2 (Natural Color), with panchromatic band sharpening - .jpg (4.1 MB)

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Full scene of OLI Bands 6,5,4 (False Color), with panchromatic band sharpening – .jpg (4.1 MB)

California Coastline

Full scene of Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Band 10 - .jpg (6.3 MB)

Phoenix, Arizona

The LDCM spacecraft was built at Orbital Sciences Corporation’s spacecraft manufacturing facility in Gilbert, Arizona. These images, created from data collected from the OLI sensor aboard the satellite on March 21, 2013, show Gilbert and the surrounding area.

Phoenix, Arizona
Left: Full scene; Middle: Zoom displaying the urban area of Gilbert, AZ; Right: Zoom displaying open-pit copper mines east of Gilbert. (All images are natural color composite (bands 4,3,2)

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Full scene of OLI Bands 4,3,2 (Natural Color), with panchromatic band sharpening - .jpg (6.3 MB)

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Full scene of OLI Bands 6,5,4 (False Color), with panchromatic band sharpening – .jpg (6.1 MB)

Phoenix, Arizona

Full scene of Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Band 10 - .jpg (2.6 MB)

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls, South Dakota manages the archive of over 40 years of Landsat data. EROS is also the Landsat Ground Station, which receives, processes, archives and provides Landsat data products to users worldwide. These images, created from data collected from the OLI sensor on March 30, 2013, show the Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Left: Full scene; Middle: Zoom displaying the urban area of Sioux Falls, SD; Right: Zoom displaying early spring lakes near Madison, SD. (All images are natural color composite (bands 4,3,2)

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Full scene of OLI Bands 4,3,2 (Natural Color), with panchromatic band sharpening - .jpg (3.4 MB)

after
Full scene of OLI Bands 6,5,4 (False Color), with panchromatic band sharpening – .jpg (2.8 MB)

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Full scene of Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Band 10 - .jpg (5.9 MB)

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