An agreement to establish a Landsat ground station at Hartebeesthoek, near Johannesburg, South Africa, was recently signed by U.S. and South African officials. The Memorandum of Understanding will permit the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to operate a ground station that will receive, process, archive, and disseminate Landsat data. The South African Council was an early user of Landsat data.
The agreement, signed by Robert A. Frosch, NASA Administrator, and Favid H. Jacobson, vice-president of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, mandates that the Council will make the Landsat data it receives available on a public, nondiscriminatory basis. Current and prospective Landsat users in southern Africa will therefore be able to obtain regular, timely coverage of their region. This data can make a valuable contribution to the national development efforts of the southern African countries.