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International scientists head to EROS Center to collaborate

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Almost 50 organizations worldwide are headed to the EROS Center near Sioux Falls to help improve a 40-year survey of Earth.

Nearly 140 participants from 26 countries will be in Sioux Falls September 24-28 for the Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG) meeting. It is the group's twenty-first meeting.

The meeting is focusing on Landsat 8 to discuss operational and technical issues and explore expanded opportunities for collaboration. The project is expected to launch February 11, 2013.  

Tom Holm, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, said the workgroup is part of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. The mission is to continue the 40-year record of Earth observations through the state-of-the-art imaging satellite. Holm said Landsat 8 will have enhanced capabilities from previous missions.

The meetings will be held at the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Center  near Sioux Falls.

On Wednesday September 26, LTWG is loaning the Landsat 7 satellite model to the Kirby Science Discovery Center in the Washington Pavilion.

A media event that evening will feature comments from Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether, EROS Director Frank Kelly and Pavilion President & CEO Larry Toll. The international attendees of the working group will also be at the event.  

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