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June 9, 2015

Big Data Help Scientists Dig Deeper

In 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey took 3.6 million images acquired by Landsat satellites and made them free and openly available on the Internet. Dating back to 1972, the images are detailed enough to show the impact of human decisions on the land, and they provide the longest continuous view of Earth’s landscape from space.

June 2, 2015

Beautiful Bloom Event in the Sea of Marmara

This image from the Landsat 8 satellite captures a phytoplankton bloom in the Sea of Marmara on May 17, 2015. The sea is situated between the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea and surrounded on all sides by Turkey.

April 17, 2015

NASA, USGS Begin Work on Landsat 9 to Continue Land Imaging Legacy

Apr 16, 2015—NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, which will extend the Earth-observing program’s record of land images to half a century. The Landsat program has provided accurate measurements of Earth’s land cover since 1972. With data from Landsat satellites, ecologists have tracked

March 20, 2015

Amazon Makes Landsat Data Even More Available

March 20, 2015 — As part of Amazon Web Services (AWS) commitment to White House’s Climate Data Initiative, the company announced today that 85,000 Landsat 8 scenes are now conveniently accessible in AWS Public Data Sets. Landsat, managed by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), is the longest running program to gather Earth imagery from space, and has

March 10, 2015

World’s Largest Solar Farm Seen from Space

The world’s largest photovoltaic power plant is online and turning sunlight into energy at the Topaz Solar Farm in Southern California’s Carrizo Plain. There are 9 million solar modules at the plant, covering an area of 9.5 square miles and generating 550 megawatts.

February 17, 2015

New Land Forms on the Louisiana Coast

A pair of false-color Landsat satellite images of the Wax Lake Outlet in Louisiana shows the spread of mud deposits and land rising out of the water between 1984 and 2014.

February 3, 2015

Looking at a Landslide in India in 3D

A Landsat 8 image of landslide debris blocking the Tsarap River in the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir is helping authorities assess a dangerous situation, as they’re concerned an earthen dam will break and lead to damaging flooding downstream.

January 20, 2015

Phytoplankton Bloom Found in the Bering Sea

The Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8 captured this view of a phytoplankton bloom near Alaska’s Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea on Sept. 22, 2014. The water’s milky green and light blue shading indicates the presence of vast populations of microscopic phytoplankton.

January 14, 2015

Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment

Orbiting Earth more than 400 miles away in space, far from human view; recording repeated images of land around the globe for more than 42 years; offering customers petabytes of historical and current data for free, the Landsat program of Earth observing satellites could be seen as the personification of the most single-minded office worker

November 19, 2014

USGS-NASA Award Recognizes Innovations in Earth Observation

A pioneer in mapping global land cover change and the team behind the United States’ most advanced land surface mapping satellite have both been honored with the 2014 William T. Pecora Award for achievement in Earth remote sensing. Sponsored by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA, the annual award was presented on

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