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Landsat Missions

Known Issues

Landsat data are systematic, geometric, radiometric, and terrain corrected to provide the highest quality data to the user communities. Occasionally, anomalies occur and artifacts are discovered that require research and monitoring. The Landsat Calibration and Validation (Cal/Val) team investigates and tracks anomalous data.

A number of known issues regarding Landsat data are listed on this page. Updates to this list are not only made when new anomalies and artifacts are discovered, but also when investigations require changes to already existing issues.

If you discover data artifacts that are not listed here, please contact us with details and we will investigate them for you: http://landsat.usgs.gov/contactus.php.


Thumbnail Artifact Name Artifact Type Satellites Affected
Banding Banding Various L7, L5, MSS
Coherent Noise Storm Coherent Noise Storm Instrument L7
Coherent Noise Coherent Noise Instrument L7, L5, MSS
Data Loss Data Loss Various L7, L5, MSS
Detector Failure Detector Failure    
Detector Ringing Detector Ringing Instrument L7
Detector Striping Detector Striping    
Gimbaled X-band Antenna (GXA) Anomaly Gimbaled X-band Antenna (GXA) Anomaly Instrument L7
IC Intrusion IC Intrusion Instrument L7
Impulse Noise  (IN) Impulse Noise (IN) Various L7, L5, MSS
Memory Effect (ME) Memory Effect (ME) Instrument L7, L5
Optical Leak Optical Leak    
Oversaturation Oversaturation Instrument L5, MSS
Scan Correlated Shift  (SCS) Scan Correlated Shift (SCS) Instrument L5, MSS
Scan Mirror Pulse Scan Mirror Pulse Instrument MSS
Shutter Synchronization Anomalies Shutter Synchronization Anomalies Instrument L7,L5
Single Event Upset  (SEU) Single Event Upset (SEU) Instrument L7,L5




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