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April 17, 2017 - Landsat Highlighted at USGS and NASA Earth Day Celebration

An Earth Day Celebration, hosted by several agencies, will take place at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2017. Tim Newman, Land Remote Sensing Program Coordinator from the USGS Climate and Land-Use Change Mission Area, will deliver a presentation with a Landsat focus at a Hyperwall display. (Read More)

March 9, 2017 – Harmonized Landsat, Sentinel-2 Surface Reflectance Products Available

The Harmonized Landsat-Sentinel-2 (HLS) project is a NASA initiative to produce a consistent, harmonized surface reflectance product from Landsat and Sentinel-2 data, which was acquired from October 2015 through December 2016 for selected test sites. (Read More)

December 28, 2015 - NASA Highlights Landsat from Recent User Conference

A number of interesting articles, based on the recent American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference presentations, are now posted on the NASA Landsat Science Archive web page.

October 2, 2015 - NASA's Landsat Science

The partnership between the USGS and NASA has proven successful for many years. This cooperation continues, as development begins on the next Earth-observing mission, Landsat 9, which is scheduled to launch no later than 2023.

April 27, 2015 - Continuing the Land Imaging Mission; NASA, USGS Begin Work on Landsat 9

NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, which will provide mission-critical continuity in the Earth-observing program’s record of land images. (Read More)

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.

December 14, 2012 - Witness a bit of history!

NASA is hosting a social media event at the launch of Landsat 8 in Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in early February. We would like as many Landsat users to attend as possible. Registration is open from December 20, 2012 through January 7, 2013. Please see the NASA webpage for details and restrictions.

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.

October 3, 2007 - NASA Selects Launch Services Provider for Earth Imagery Satellite

NASA's Launch Services Program office at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., has selected Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services of Littleton, Colo., for launching of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission.

July 16, 2007 - OLI Instrument Development Contract Awarded

Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo. was selected to develop the Operational Land Imager instrument for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). The LDCM is the successor to Landsat 7 and is scheduled for launch in July 2011. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., will manage the LDCM development in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS will be responsible for LDCM operations after launch and on-orbit checkout.

February 21, 2007 - USGS Acquisition Strategy for Ground System Segments

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) share responsibility for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). NASA will develop the flight systems including the spacecraft, instrument, mission operations (Read More)

October 24, 2006 - NASA releases new LDCM Operational Land Imager Instrument synopsis

A NASA procurement synopsis outlining the intended approach for acquiring the LDCM instrument, spacecraft bus, and Mission Operations Element was released on the NASA Acquisition Information System.

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February 22, 2006 - Synopsis Detailing Procurement of Free-Flyer Mission

On December 23, 2005, the White House issued a memorandum adjusting the strategy for ensuring continuous availability of Landsat-type data. The memo directs the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to acquire a Landsat data continuity mission (Read More)

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