How EROS' Location Was Determined

Overhead View
Front Entrance Grounds

When the idea of EROS was conceived, it was decided that it needed to be centrally located for receiving data as Landsat satellites passed over the United States. The choice for the Center's location was narrowed to several States. Ultimately, South Dakota was selected as the site for the Center, due in part to the role played by the late S.D. Senator Karl Mundt.

Who Uses the Data in EROS Archives?

Scientists, managers, and technical users from around the world, including the staff at EROS, use data from the archives for a variety of data applications and research programs. For information on how to search for and order data from EROS, click on the Find Data tab above.


Public tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., central time. Abbreviated self-guided tours may be taken anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., central time.

For further assistance, please contact:

EROS Outreach Services
U.S. Geological Survey
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS)
47914 252nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57198-0001
Tel: 605-594-2903

Business Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., central time