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November 29, 2011

ESA Opens Unique Landsat Archives

More than 30 years of unique archived data from Landsat Earth observation satellites now are available free of charge from the European Space Agency.

November 29, 2011

Thumbs up for NPP Satellite VIIRS Sensor

The Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), the largest instrument on board the new NPP Earth observation satellite, acquired its first measurements on Nov. 21, 2011.

November 29, 2011

How Should We Pay for Earth Observation Data?

Earth observation data have become a critical part of our lives, offering valuable information on climate change, pollution, security and a host of other applications—so what’s a fair price?

November 29, 2011

Memory of the World Register Honors Landsat

Landsat’s Multispectral Scanner archive of 652,000 Earth images joins the Gutenberg Bible and Tolstoy’s personal library in UNESCO’s effort to preserve documentary heritage around the world.

November 29, 2011

Lost Libyan Civilization Discovered from Space

Satellite and aerial imagery have uncovered new evidence of a lost Libyan civilization in the southwestern Sahara desert that will help rewrite the country’s history.

November 21, 2011

Legendary Landsat 5 May Be Nearing Its End

U.S. Geological Survey has stopped acquiring images from the 27-year-old Landsat 5 Earth observation satellite due to a rapidly degrading electronic component.

November 21, 2011

Landsat 5 Images Show Shrinking Salt Lake

Underscoring the informative power of time-series satellite imagery, these striking images chronicle the withering of Iran’s Lake Orumiyeh, one of the world’s largest landlocked salt lakes.

November 21, 2011

Brazil’s Offshore Oil Leak—What’s the Real Damage?

Chevron says up to 330 barrels total have spilled into the ocean since Nov. 8, while Brazil counters with a claim of 230 barrels a day—and several groups say satellite images indicate it’s much worse.

November 21, 2011

New NPP Satellite Nearly Operational

NASA’s NPP satellite, launched Oct. 28, already is returning data that will better identify the transport of water vapor associated with jet streams, which can fuel severe weather events.

November 21, 2011

How Does an Astronaut Take out the Trash?

That’s easy—stuff it into a used cargo spacecraft and send it back toward Earth, where it incinerates on the way down. This astronaut photograph highlights the re-entry plasma trail of one such spacecraft.