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Monday, February 11, 2013

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), now Landsat 8, was launched into orbit today at 10:02 a.m. Pacific Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base on an Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance (ULA). Replays of the launch can be see at NASA TV.

It's a day to be proud of our investment in land remote sensing technology. Landsat has served the United States and that of many scientific endeavors in many countries very well. Since 1972, Landsat has brought the world a closer look at its environment and natural resources. This mission serves to continue the goal of being better land stewards for policy, scientific, and advocacy applications.

Here are some resources offered for your consideration:

Photos courtesy of NASA

by Joe Francica on 02/11 at 10:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/11 at 06:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This was the second year for entrepreneur and recording artist will.i.am's Trans4m conference. Among the topics:  themes of Community, Wellness, and S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Education. Among the speakers were President Bill Clinton, Inventor Dean Kamen, White House Chief Technology officer Ken Park and Astronaut Leland Melvin and students from Los Angeles's Roosevelt High School. The event held at the California Science Center in LA last Thursday February 7th, along with a concert, raised $3.3. million for the i.am.angelfoundation.

Jack Gormond [sic], of ESRI [sic], spoke of his mapping technology that allows one to organize available data about a community's health, wellness, crime, voting patterns, and develop information-based solutions. This information, Gormond said, provides project-based learning for students, and allows them to create bottom-up solutions. Comedian and panel host Baratunde Thurston quickly dubbed this "Maptivism."

Yep, I submitted a correction.

- Huffington Post

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/11 at 05:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

NASA, with partner, USGS will launch Landsat 8, the next earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on February 11 at 1:02 pm eastern. Its current name is the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) but after three months in space it will have the cooler and friendlier name Landsat 8.

NASA TV will offer launch coverage starting with the countdown begining at 10:15 a.m. EST (7:15 a.m. PST). Liftoff is targeted for 1:02 p.m. EST (10:02 a.m. PST).

Live countdown coverage will also be available online.

For more information and links, check out this article from Directions Magazine published last week.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/11 at 05:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

If rows and columns of numbers make your head spin or your eyes glaze over, GIS mapping may offer a glimmer of hope. Seeing data spewed on a map -- rather than stuffed into spreadsheets -- is a fresh perspective on important public information.

Reporter Leah Todd describing the value of the Natrona Regional Geospatial Cooperative's dynamic mapping interface in an opinion pice at Trib.com, Wyoming's News Source.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/11 at 04:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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