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.

"South Dakota 125: A Pictorial History"

Nov 26, 2013

South Dakota Magazine has published “South Dakota 125: A Pictorial History.”  The book tells the history of South Dakota through photographs.  One picture represents each year, beginning in 1889 and continuing to today.  The book shows the buffalo ranchers, bridge builders, cowgirls, war heroes, artists and all who make South Dakota unique.  It also includes histories of each decade.  Rebecca Johnson is special projects coordinator for South Dakota Magazine.



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.

Landsat 8 Launch

Feb 11, 2013
Cara Hetland

The Landsat 8 satellite was launched just after 12 p.m. Central on Monday.  Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke was among those who were at the EROS Data Center near Sioux Falls to witness a live feed of the launch.  While there, Gehrke spoke with EROS Center Director Frank Kelly, Tom Kalvelage, Chief of the Management Branch, and EROS Deputy Director and former Fire Science Team Leader Jeff Eidenshink.  Directors Sharon Boysen and Matt Varilek of Senator Tim Johnson's office also joined Gehrke on Midday.

"North of Twelfth Street"

Nov 8, 2012

"North of Twelfth Street: The Changing Face of Sioux Falls Neighborhoods," is a new book by author, photographer and former state senator Tom Dempster.  The book focuses on three historic districts, as well as a collection of other north Sioux Falls sites that contain some of the city's best-known and most-revered buildings.  Dempster frames these neighborhoods with the lens of his camera, providing a glimpse into Sioux Falls, its iconic edifices and the people who live there.  For more information visit