Saturday, January 26, 2008

Landsat 5 Update

The USGS is pleased to announce that Landsat 5 tested imaging with the Thematic Mapper on January 10, 2008 during a pass over Brazil and Argentina.

Landsat 5 imaging was suspended on October 6, 2007 due to a loss of a cell within one of two batteries. The Landsat Flight Operations Team has determined the status of the power system and potential solutions for maximum imaging operations. We are still in a testing phase, as the new battery configuration is being characterized. Experts in Thematic Mapper data have determined that the sensor is operating normally. We expect to return to a new operational state in upcoming weeks.

The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) was released on November 27th, 2007.
Welcome to the Landsat Web Site

Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based land remote sensing data. The Landsat Project is a joint initiative of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) designed to gather Earth resource data from space. NASA developed and launched the spacecrafts, while the USGS handles the operations, maintenance, and the management of all ground data reception, processing, archiving, product generation, and distribution. The 35-year record of images provides a unique resource for people who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research.



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