It also overhauled its data processing and storage systems, "so we can get as much data as possible online for the users to get direct access to," Nelson said.
Loveland said there's a huge demand for the images in the scientific community, giving an example of a recent Brazilian Remote Sensing Symposium that drew more than 800 people looking to tap into the data.
The center used to charge for the images, but for years now, they've been free.
"When you put all this free stuff in universities, innovation happens," Loveland said."
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