The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA are celebrating 25 years of partnership at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls. In August 1990, the USGS and NASA jointly established the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center at EROS to collect and disseminate critical land sensing information.
Two years ago NASA launched the Earth-observing satellite Landsat 8 which collects images archived at EROS. The images help document drought, deforestation, trends in seasonal vegetation, the impact of natural disasters and more.
Representatives from NASA, the Department of the Interior and USGS attended Thursday morning ceremonies at the EROS Center marking the 25 year partnership. Mike Connor, Department of the Interior deputy secretary, and EROS director Frank Kelly joined Dakota Midday and discussed the impact and benefits of the USGS-NASA partnership.