Thomas Loveland, Chief Scientist at the USGS Earth Resource Observation and Science Center and co-chair for the Landsat Science Team. NASA and USGS have selected a new Landsat science team.  The team will serve for five years (through 2023). They will conduct scientific research on technical issues critical to the overall Landsat mission; evaluate the quality of data when Landsat 9 is launched (in the year 2020); and discuss future missions. 

Frank Kelly, Director of EROS.  People from 15 space agencies around the world met in South Dakota.  Members of the International Charter, Space and Major Disasters gather twice a year to share updates and monitor progress.  Frank Kelly says the Charter provides a birds-eye perspective on devastating disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.  Kelly takes over as chair of the charter for the next six months. The charter is called upon nearly once a week to respond to mapping a disaster.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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.

Terry Sohl

What birds will people see at their feeders sixty years from now? According to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, they could be different from the ones we see today. Climate and land use changes could have an impact on the ranges of bird species with some birds losing a significant amount of their current  range and others nearly doubling their range.

Anniversaries For Landsat 7 And 8 Satellites

Apr 18, 2014

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Landsat 7 satellite and the first anniversary of images coming from Landsat 8. Jim Vogelmann, Research Ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science, joined Innovation to discuss the satellites and what they've done for science.

Landsat 8 After One Year

Feb 18, 2014

On February 11, 2013, NASA launched the Landsat 8 Earth-observing satellite.  Landsat 8 is the latest in the Landsat series of remote-sensing satellites that have provided a continuous record of change across Earth's land surfaces since 1972.  USGS EROS Director Frank Kelly discussed the Landsat Program which provides direct societal benefits across a wide range of human endeavors including environmental health, energy and water management, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture.

EROS Center Helping With Recovery In The Philippines

Nov 15, 2013

In the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, a U.S. Geological Survey Center in South Dakota is doing its part to provide disaster relief. The Earth Resources Observation and Science Center north of Sioux Falls has been circulating satellite images after various disasters for about nine years.

Following a tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean in 2004, EROS has collected, archived and distributed satellite imagery to various relief organizations after major disasters.

EROS Landsat Images Help Fire Recovery

Sep 4, 2013

The USGS EROS Center is using satellite images to better understand the environmental effects of fires. The Center released two images from its Landsat 8 satellite showing conditions prior to the start of the Rim Fire at Yosemite National Park in the middle of August, and the progress of the fire at the end of the month. Jeff Eidenshink is the EROS fire science team coordinator. He says the two photos released are more for public awareness. Where the Landsat images really come into play are once the fire is over.

Hoping For More Satellites

Aug 29, 2013

Frank Kelly, Director of the EROS Data Center, says the U.S. government should consider ordering a pair of Landsat spacecraft to ensure at least another two decades of continuous collection of medium-resolution land imagery.  Kelly endorsed the idea of a block buy and says it is an obvious way to avoid disrupting the record of medium-resolution Earth observations the Landsat program has built up during the last 40 years.

Update On Landsat 8

May 23, 2013

Tom Loveland, Landsat Project Manager, and Jim Nelson, Ground System Manager, give us an update on the LandSat 8 that was launched earlier this year and EROS taking over the project from NASA which is scheduled for the following week.

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Several hundred people gathered in a theater near Sioux Falls to watch and cheer a rocket blasts from a California Launchpad.  The Landsat Data Continuity Mission or L-D-C-M is a joint project between NASA and EROS Data Center in South Dakota.  The satellite aboard the rocket will provide digital imaging of the earth.  

Just before noon central it was all systems go.  As the engines roar to life just 15 seconds before launch the crowd in a theater at the EROS Data Center watch a large screen showing a live shot from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.