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Landsat Missions

Landsat 8 – Year One!

Hard to believe it has been a full year since the launch of the Landsat 8 satellite! During this time, over 160,000 images have been acquired and made available to users worldwide. These examples show just a few of the images captured by Landsat 8 during its first year in orbit.

Some of these images can be found in the Landsat Image Gallery. Full Landsat 8 scenes can be downloaded at no charge from EarthExplorer (http://earthexplorer.usgs.gov), GloVis (http://glovis.usgs.gov) or the LandsatLook Viewer (http://landsatlook.usgs.gov).

Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City is a portion of the most downloaded Landsat 8 scene since the data became available.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on April 18, 2013
Beijing, China
The urban area of Beijing is a portion of the second-most downloaded Landsat 8 scene since the data became available.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on May 12, 2013
Boulder and Longmont, Colorado (See Landsat Image Gallery)
The cities of Boulder and Longmont, Colorado, along with the flooded South Platte River, can be seen in this portion of the third-most downloaded Landsat 8 scene since the data became available.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on September 17, 2013
Santiago, Chile
The urban area of Santiago is a portion of the fourth-most downloaded Landsat 8 scene since the data became available.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on April 12, 2013
Kampar River, Indonesia
This section of the Kamar River, on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, is a portion of the fifth-most downloaded Landsat 8 scene since the data became available.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on June 18, 2013
Bangong Lake (See Landsat Image Gallery)
Bangong Lake, which means “long neck swan” in Tibetan, is located partly in China and partly in the region of Kashmir that is controlled by India.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on September 2, 2013
Bear Glacier, Alaska (See Landsat Image Gallery)
Bear Glacier is located on the Kenai Peninsula near Seward, Alaska, and represents one of over 30 glacial outflows for the nearby Harding Icefield, which covers over 700 square miles.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on June 11, 2013
Hyères, France (See Landsat Image Gallery)
Sediment-rich floodwaters flow into the Mediterranean Sea from rivers near Hyères, France.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on January 31, 2014
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod juts out into the Atlantic Ocean in the easternmost portion of the state of Massachusetts, in the Northeastern United States.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on August 15, 2013
Lake Chilwa, Malawi (See Landsat Image Gallery)
Lake Chilwa is a shallow, enclosed saline lake located along the East African Rift Valley in southern Malawi, near its border with Mozambique.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on November 8, 2013
Black Forest Fire (See Landsat Image Gallery)
Colorado's most destructive wildfire in history, burned over 14,000 acres near Colorado Springs, Colorado in June 2013.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on June 22, 2013
Grand Canyon, Arizona (See Landsat Image Gallery)
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Southwestern United States.
Acquired by Landsat 8 in November 2013
Lake Mead (See Landsat Image Gallery)
Lake Mead is located on the Colorado River near the city of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on March 24, 2013
Madura Strait, Indonesia (See Landsat Image Gallery)
Madura Strait is a stretch of water that separates the Indonesian islands of Java and Madura.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on August 13, 2013
Mississippi River Delta
Water flows through the Mississippi River Delta into the Gulf of Mexico.
Acquired by Landsat 8 in September 2013
Mt Sakurajima, Japan (See Landsat Image Gallery)
On August 18, 2013, Mount Sakurajima erupted. Lasting for about 50 minutes, the eruption sent ash and smoke across the bay into the city of Kagoshima, which is near the southwestern tip of the island of Kyushu in Japan.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on August 19, 2013
Mt Shasta, California
Mount Shasta is a volcano located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in California.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on January 4, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada
The fast growing city of Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
Acquired by Landsat 8 on June 16, 2013





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