The soon-to-be-launched Landsat 9 is the intellectual and technical product of eight generations of Landsat missions, spanning nearly 50 years.
Episode 2 takes us inside the spacecraft, showing how Landsat instruments collect carefully calibrated data. Scientists have used the data to manage natural resources and answer questions about changes since the program started in 1972.
In this episode, we’re introduced to Matt Bromley, who studies water usage in the western United States, as well as Phil Dabney and Melody Djam, who have worked on designing and building Landsat 9.
Together, they are making sure that Landsat continues to deliver game-changing data and continues to help manage Earth’s precious resources.
Additional footage courtesy of Gordon Wilkinson/Texas Archive of the Moving Image, the US Geological Survey Thanks to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center