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May 15, 2013 - Fly with LDCM!

On April 19, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission passed over one long swath from Russia to southern Africa. Our mission partners at NASA crafted a beautiful fly-over that is a must-see!


April 26, 2013 - USGS and NASA to Host Social Media Event

On May 30, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission will begin its life's work as an operational mission under the new moniker Landsat 8. Social media users that participate in Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus can register to attend an event in Sioux Falls, SD that will include an official ceremony, tours, and an evening event.

April 23, 2013 - How do they compare? See for yourself!

In the past few weeks, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) flew underneath Landsat 7, acquiring nearly concurrent images.

April 23, 2013 - Landsat Data Continuity Mission Images of the Salton Sea

Wondering what the thermal band is all about? Check out this LDCM Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) example from the Salton Sea.


April 8, 2013 - New LDCM/Landsat 8 Image Examples Available!

Greenbelt, Vandenberg, Gilbert and Sioux Falls: these four areas played important roles in the creation and implementation of the LDCM. Take a look at images of these areas, created using recently acquired LDCM/Landsat 8 data.

March 21, 2013 - First image from LDCM!

On March 18, 2013, the first images were taken with the Operational Land Imager (OLI) onboard the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). Checkout of the instruments and spacecraft is proceeding well, and operational data is estimated to be available in late May, 2013.


February 21, 2013 - LDCM begins on-orbit testing

While the Landsat Data Continuity Mission launch on February 11th was the conclusion of years of effort, it was also a beginning. Many components, subsystems, and instruments will be activated and tested in the 100 days that follow launch.


February 11, 2013 - The Launch of LDCM

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:02 a.m. PST on February 11, 2013. In about 100 days, the USGS will take control and the spacecraft, will be renamed Landsat 8, and data will be made available to all users at no charge. (See More)

January 14, 2013 - LDCM Media Briefing Held

NASA recently held a media briefing about the upcoming launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), which is scheduled to launch February 11, 2013. Watch the video!


January 9, 2013 - Watch LDCM launch prep

LDCM now resides at Vandenberg Air Force Base, but there are still necessary steps to complete to get ready for launch on February 11, 2013.


March 2, 2012 - LDCM Observatory

LDCM Observatory with both instruments onboard, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). LDCM is due to launch in January 2013.


February 10, 2012 - The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument

The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument was shipped from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) in Gilbert, Arizona, where it will be integrated with the LDCM satellite bus built by OSC. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) instrument, built by Ball Aerospace Technology Corporation (BATC) in Boulder, Colorado, is currently in the process of being integrated with the spacecraft. The delivery of TIRS achieves a major milestone towards completing assembling the LDCM observatory.


February 7, 2012 - The NASA TIRS instrument

The NASA TIRS instrument development team successfully completed the Pre-Ship Review (PSR), capping a major milestone for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. TIRS development was completed in 43 months on an aggressive schedule to meet a January 2013 launch readiness date.


January 19, 2012 - The TIRS instrument

The TIRS instrument completed the last of its functional testing at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


November 9, 2011 - LDCM Launch Schedule Change

Due to changes in the launch manifest, the LDCM Launch Readiness Date has been changed from no earlier than December 1, 2012 to no earlier than January 15, 2013.


August 25, 2011 - Critical Milestone Reached for LDCM

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) has been approved by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for integration onto the LDCM spacecraft.


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).

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.


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).