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Photos:  Secretary Salazar Charts Future for Landsat Satellite Program


March 21, 2011

BOULDER, CO — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced plans to make the Department of the Interior the permanent manager of the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites.


  • Secretary Salazar visits the Ball Aerospace facility in Boulder, CO.  This company produces components to the Landsat satellite series.  The Secretary is shown here with Ball Aerospace President and CEO Dave Taylor. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Taylor, Tennant, Secretary Salazar, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle, and U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt tour the Ball Aerospace facility. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • The Secretary learns about Ball's Landsat technology from Program Manager of the NPOESS Prep Project Scott Tennant. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Landsat satellites capture data about the Earth’s surface that no other private or public source can provide. This unique data has become vital to agricultural, water management, disaster response, scientific, and national security uses, providing hundreds of millions of dollars in estimated value to the U.S. economy per year. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Castle, McNutt, Salazar, and Taylor meet inside the Ball Aerospace facility. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • After the tour, the Secretary joined students from Skyline High School in nearby Longmont, CO to discuss science and innovation in the classroom. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar shares a friendly moment with a Skyline High School student. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • The Secretary takes in a presentation at Skyline High School. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • “As our future scientists, it is important that these students understand the Department’s role in space-based science and how they can make a positive impact on the Colorado economy by pursuing high tech jobs,” said Secretary Salazar. “I applaud schools like Skyline for providing the resources and training needed to create an innovative workforce.” Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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