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Celebrating a Vision... 50th Anniversary

A vision to observe Earth for the benefit of all... Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, 1966

Fifty years ago, on September 21, 1966, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall announced his vision to create “a program aimed at gathering facts about the natural resources of the earth from earth-orbiting satellites.” It was an idealistic goal at the time, but came with encouragement and support from U.S. Geological Survey Director Bill Pecora. The announcement created “Project EROS”.

Over the past five decades, the Landsat Program and other international earth observation programs have matured. Udall’s vision gave the world the confidence to create satellite systems to help people understand the intricate nature of our planet with a new perspective.

A vision to observe Earth. 50th Anniversary Celebration | September 21, 2016 Washington, D.C. | Water, Agriculture, Forests, Climate, Hazards, Ecosystems, and Energy.

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