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Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data.

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August 2, 2018 - USGS Landsat Archive Hits 8 Million

This week the USGS reached eight million scenes in the USGS Landsat archive! All 8 million Landsat scenes are available to download from EarthExplorerGloVis, and the LandsatLook Viewer (read more).

July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018 – New Landsat Update Issue Published

Landsat Update Volume 12 Issue 2 includes Landsat 9 milestones, updates on the Landsat Science Team and Landsat Analysis Ready Data, as well as other Landsat topics you should know about (read more)

June 25, 2018 – Landsat Session at AGU Fall Meeting

A Landsat Session at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting will cover a breadth of topics from how the Landsat mission is operated, to how data is collected, archived and distributed, to what archive, products and data access enhancements are planned. (Read More)

June 26, 2018

June 26, 2018 - Landsat Advisory Group undertakes a Landsat Cost Recovery Study

The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have requested a Federal Advisory Committee to review USGS’s current free-and-open policy for user access to Landsat data. (Read More)

June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018 - Landsat Data Access and Downloads Unavailable; New Acquisitions Delayed

On June 20, 2018, the EarthExplorer interface will be unavailable from 7:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. CT for scheduled monthly system maintenance. Landsat Level-1 and Level-2 on-demand downloads will remain unavailable until about 2:00 p.m. CT for necessary inventory updates. (Read More)

June 13, 2018

June ​13, 2018 – MSS Pre-Collection On-Demand Ordering to be Discontinued

On Monday, ​ June 25, 2018, on-demand ordering of Landsat 1-5 Multispectral Scanner (MSS) Pre-Collection Level-1 scenes will be discontinued from EarthExplorer. (Read More)

June 05, 2018

June 5, 2018 - U.S. Landsat ARD Special Issue Call for Manuscripts

Remote Sensing is seeking manuscripts for a special issue on the Science of Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) that aims to explore the new generation of Landsat science data products that were released by the USGS in October 2017 (Read more).

May 23, 2018 - Landsat 9 OLI-2 Instrument Focal Plane Integration

Photos recently shared by Ball Aerospace in Boulder, CO show technicians working on Landsat 9’s Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) instrument in the cleanroom during focal plane integration. (Read More

Landsat MSS Collection 1 Data Now Available

Landsat 1-5 Multispectral Scanner (MSS) Collection 1 Level-1 data are now available to download from the USGS Landsat archive. (Read More)

May 15, 2018

Reminder: 2018 William T. Pecora Award Nominations Accepted through June 15, 2018

The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that have made outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) jointly sponsor the award.  Nominations are being accepted through June 15, 2018. 

National Land Imaging Collections

Mendocino Complex Fire Scorches Northern California
Landsat 8 captured satellite views of California’s largest wildfire on record in the summer of 2018.
8 Million Landsat Scenes
The Landsat archive has added its 8 millionth scene.
The Progress of Landsat Sensor Technology
Landsat sensor technology has come a long way since the days of the Return Beam Vidicon cameras on the first three Landsat satellites.
Deadly Mudslides in Japan
Torrential rainfall swamped western Japan in July of 2018. The rain caused mudslides that flooded cities, damaged buildings and rattled the nation's infrastructure. More than 170 people died.
Solai Dam Tragedy in Kenya
Heavy spring rains and widespread flooding has killed more than 150 people and displaced thousands in Kenya this year.
A History of Lava Flows at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano
New fissures opened up on Hawaii's Big Island in early May 2018, spouting lava that destroyed homes in the Leilani Estates neighborhood.
Rattlesnake Fire, Arizona
The 2018 fire season is already active in the western United States. One of the larger wildfires so far is the Rattlesnake Fire.
Hurricane Sandy's Lasting Effects on Fire Island, NY
As Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012, the storm’s waves and wind cut a breach in a narrow part of Fire Island, a barrier island south of Long Island, New York.
Urban Growth in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Decades of consistent data from Landsat help scientists monitor the growth of urban areas in a world where more than half of the population lives in cities.
Landsat's View of the Boston Marathon
The 122nd Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world, takes place on April 16, 2018. This Landsat 8 image shows the April landscape of eastern Massachusetts, before vegetation has greened up.
Mendocino Complex Fire Scorches Northern California 8 Million Landsat Scenes The Progress of Landsat Sensor Technology Deadly Mudslides in Japan Solai Dam Tragedy in Kenya A History of Lava Flows at Hawaii Rattlesnake Fire, Arizona Hurricane Sandy Urban Growth in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Landsat

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“Measuring the past contributes to our understanding of the long-term consequences of our past economic and societal choices, and contributes to more informed management decisions in the future.”

Jean-François Pekel, who used 3 million Landsat images to make global surface water, Smithsonian Magazine, Dec 9, 2016

“What we’re able to do now is track the flow of the world’s ice from pole to pole and on every continent.”

Ted Scambos,, a glaciologist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, talking about the Landsat 8-based GoLIVE project, Climate Central, Dec 21, 2016

“We cannot do this project if the Landsat program doesn’t deliver this open data to the scientific community… We are benefiting from these long-term investments now.”

Lilian Pintea, VP of conservation science, Jane Goodall Institute

“From a valuation standpoint, Landsat is an extremely valuable public good just in its direct use—let alone the economic value of all the indirect uses built on the direct data.”

John Loomis, an economist at Colorado State University, Landsat Benefited U.S. Economy by $1.8 Billion in 2011, Aug 30, 2015

“The Landsat archive holds great potential for studying the processes behind the Greenland Ice Sheet’s response to our changing climate over multi-decadal time scales. It is essential that this record be exploited over other areas of the Greenland Ice Sheet.”

Noel Gourmelen, Despite Warming, Landsat Reveals Decadal Slowdowns on Greenland Ice Sheet, Oct 28, 2015

"We are now beginning to see that the combination of high performance computing, data storage facilities, data preparation techniques, and advanced systems can materially accelerate the value of Landsat data."

Dr. Suzette Kimball, acting Director of the USGS, A New Era of Space Collaboration between Australia and U.S., Jun 18, 2015

“...the time is now right and urgent to apply space technology towards the solution of many pressing natural resources problems being compounded by population and industrial growth.”

Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of the Interior (1966)

“The economic value of just one year of Landsat data far exceeds the multi-year total cost of building, launching, and managing Landsat satellites and sensors.”

Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment, Jan 14, 2015, USGS press release

“The value of Landsat data is internationally recognized as indispensable to science, natural resource management, commerce, security, foreign policy, agriculture, and education.”

National Geospatial Advisory Committee, Landsat Advisory Group, Statement on Landsat Data Use and Charges, Sept 18, 2012

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