Landsat Missions

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

Landsat Headlines

April 25, 2018 - Successful Landsat 9 Mission Review

The Landsat 9 Mission Critical Design Review was held April 17-20, 2018 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. (Read More)

April 24, 2018

April 24, 2018 - Continued Hold on U.S. Landsat ARD Production

The USGS temporarily suspended the production of U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) tiles on March 19, 2018 to allow for the integration of Landsat Surface Temperature and Dynamic Surface Water Extent products. The planned April 30 production re-start has been delayed unexpectedly and is rescheduled for mid-May 2018. (Read More)

April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018 - 10th Anniversary of Imagery for Everyone

On April 21, 2008, the USGS officially announced the pursuit of an aggressive schedule to provide users with no charge electronic access to any Landsat scene held in the USGS-managed national archive of global scenes dating back to Landsat 1, launched in 1972. (Read More)

April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018 - LGAC Milestone Reached

The ​5 millionth scene received in support of the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) effort has been added into the USGS Landsat archive. (Read More)

April 10, 2018

April 10, 2018 –Successful Landsat 9 Ground System Review Held

The USGS and NASA held a Landsat 9 Ground System Preliminary Design Review (GPDR) on March 20-22, 2018 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Read More)

March 28, 2018 - Sentinel-2B Data Now Available from USGS EROS

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is pleased to announce the availability of European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel-2B mission products through USGS data access and distribution systems. (Read More)

March 26, 2018

March 26, 2018 - Landsat AOI Bulk Metadata Service to be Discontinued

On April 6, 2018, the Landsat Bulk Metadata service for an area-of-interest (AOI) will be removed from the Landsat Missions Website.Instead, users are encouraged to use EarthExplorer to conduct AOI bulk metadata searches and exports. Please refer to the EarthExplorer Help Documentation for more information on how to use the AOI bulk metadata service. (Read More)

Landsat 9 Spacecraft Passes Latest Critical Design Review

Orbital ATK has been given approval to begin building the NASA Landsat 9 spacecraft after completing a comprehensive design review of the mission. Orbital ATK is designing and manufacturing the satellite, integrating two science instruments, and supporting launch, early orbit operations and on-orbit check-out of the observatory. (Read More)

March 14, 2018 - Upcoming Temporary Hold on U.S. Landsat ARD Production

Starting Monday, March 19, 2018, U.S. Landsat ARD tile production will be temporarily suspended to allow for the integration of two new Landsat Science Products, Surface Temperature and Dynamic Surface Water Extent. U.S. Landsat ARD tiles processed through March 18, 2018 will remain available for download from EarthExplorer. (Read More)

March 13, 2018 - Winter 2018 Landsat Science Team Presentations Available

Presentations from the inaugural 2018-2023 Landsat Science Team meeting held February 21-22, 2018 at the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, SD are now available.

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections

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.
From Chile to Your Smartphone
If you like being connected to the world everywhere you go with a smartphone or other device, then you have a desolate salt flat in northern Chile to thank.
Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala
Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala erupted on January 31, 2018, and Landsat 8 acquired an image of the eruption a day later.
Theewaterskloof Reservoir, South Africa
A three-year drought is threatening to cause city officials in Cape Town, South Africa, to shut off the tap water.
Oil Fires in Iraq
Over the past few years, black smoke has been seen in satellite images billowing from various locations in Iraq.
Update on Pine Island Glacier
A massive iceberg broke off Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica, in September 2017.
Southern California Wildfires Update
Santa Ana winds rapidly spread wildfires through shrubland, tall grasses, and brush in southern California in December 2017.
Southern California Wildfires, December 2017
Santa Ana winds rapidly spread wildfires through chaparral shrubland, tall grasses, and brush in southern California in December 2017.
New Rift on Greenland's Petermann Glacier
A new rift has been forming on Petermann Glacier, Greenland, throughout 2017.
Urban Growth in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Landsat From Chile to Your Smartphone Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala Theewaterskloof Reservoir, South Africa Oil Fires in Iraq Update on Pine Island Glacier Southern California Wildfires Update Southern California Wildfires, December 2017 New Rift on Greenland

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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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