Celebrating a Vision... 50th Anniversary
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.