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Landsat Update - Special Issue May 2013 New LDCM/Landsat 8 Sample Data Available!

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Landsat Update - Special Issue May 2013

New LDCM/Landsat 8 Sample Data Available!

In mid-April the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) reached operational orbit (WRS-2) at 705 km (438 miles) above the surface of Earth. On April 23, 2013, the satellite captured the scene that includes the Cascade Mountains and Crater Lake in Oregon (Path 45/Row30).

LDCM image acquired April 23, 2013, displayed in Bands 4,3,2.

LDCM image acquired April 23, 2013, displayed in Bands 4, 3, 2.

This web page provides important data processing details, project documentation, and links to these related pages:

  • Four locations around the United States played pivotal roles in the creation, implementation, and ongoing support of LDCM: Greenbelt, MD; Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA; Gilbert, AZ; and Sioux Falls, SD.
  • On March 29-30, 2013, LDCM was in position under the Landsat 7 satellite. This provided opportunities for near-coincident data collection from both satellites.
     

Please direct any questions about LDCM/Landsat 8 to custserv@usgs.gov.

 

 

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