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Getting to Know Goddard: Landsat 9 Continues the Legacy of Land Imaging

Posted on August 11, 2021 - 2:14 PM CDT

Tags: General Public | Earth Science

The next Getting to Know Goddard session, titled Landsat 9 Continues the Legacy of Land Imaging will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, from 1-2 p.m. EDT

This presentation is free and open to the public on the Goddard channel at:

This session is combined with Engage, the speaker series for Goddard employees, and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable’s regular meeting. 

Since the first Landsat satellite launched nearly 50 years ago, the Landsat mission has collected data on the forests, farms, urban areas and freshwater of Earth. Landsat data contribute to our understanding of Earth in innumerable ways – from measuring the speed of Antarctic glaciers, to tracking water use in crop fields in the western United States, to monitoring deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. A joint mission between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, Landsat captures scenes across the planet every eight days. Using supercomputers, each pixel is analyzed to detect changes over decades, and the resulting data-rich studies are free to the public. The latest satellite in the series, Landsat 9, launches in September 2021 and will continue the legacy of recording Earth’s surface to enable informed decisions. 

Speakers include:

  • Dr. James R. Irons, Director of Goddard Earth Sciences Division
  • Ms. Melody Djam, TIRS -2 Deputy Instrument Project Manager
  • Dr. Jeffrey Pedelty, OLI-2 Instrument Resident Engineer
  • Dr. Mina Pahlevan, Research Scientist

The Getting to Know Goddard series was created to introduce the work being done at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to the public. 

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Merechia Davis, disability program manager in the Goddard Equal Opportunity Programs Office, at 301-286-0561 or  During the presentation, closed captioning can be enabled by hovering your mouse over the video and clicking the “CC” button on the bottom right.