Landsat Missions

Landsat Collection 1 Processing Status

As of April 24, 2017
Landsat 4-5 TM (1982-2012)
  • Collection 1 Processing Complete!
Landsat 7 ETM+ (1999-2017)
  • Collection 1 Processing Complete!
Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS (2013-2017)
  • U.S. Scenes Complete!
  • World Scenes
    • Years Complete: 2015-2017
    • Year in Progress: 2014

For further information visit the Landsat Collections webpage.

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

Four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research.

Landsat Headlines

April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017 - Reminder: Upcoming Changes to Landsat Pre-Collection Inventory

As previously announced, effective April 30, 2017, newly-acquired Landsat 7 ETM+ and Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS scenes will be processed into the Landsat Collection 1 inventory structure only; Landsat Pre-Collection inventory will no longer be populated with newly-acquired data. (Read More)

April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 - Landsat Collection 1 Surface Reflectance Ordering through EarthExplorer

Surface Reflectance processing for Landsat 4-8 Collection 1 data can now be ordered through EarthExplorer.     (Read More)

April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017 - Landsat Highlighted at USGS and NASA Earth Day Celebration

An Earth Day Celebration, hosted by several agencies, will take place at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2017. Tim Newman, Land Remote Sensing Program Coordinator from the USGS Climate and Land-Use Change Mission Area, will deliver a presentation with a Landsat focus at a Hyperwall display. (Read More)

April 03, 2017

April 3, 2017 – Upcoming Changes to Landsat Pre-Collection Processing

Effective April 30, 2017, newly-acquired Landsat 7 ETM+ and Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS scenes will be processed into the Landsat Collection 1 inventory structure only; Landsat Pre-Collection datasets will no longer be populated with new data. Users are strongly encouraged to use the Landsat Collection 1 datasets, as eventually all Pre-Collection datasets will be removed from EarthExplorer

March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017 - Immediate ESPA changes affect Landsat Pre-Collection data

Effective April 7, 2017 at 10:00 am CDT, the ability to request Surface Reflectance and other Higher-Level data processing for all Landsat 4-5 TM, Landsat 7 ETM+, and Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS Pre-Collection scenes will no longer be supported by the EROS Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) Interface.  ESPA Pre-Collection orders placed through April 7 will be processed and completed.  (Read More)

March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 - Landsat 7 ETM+ Surface Reflectance Interruption

On March 12, 2017, the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) onboard the NASA Aura satellite entered survival mode.  Successful recovery efforts allowed data to resume on March 18, 2017.  Since OMI ozone auxiliary data are required for the processing of Landsat 4-5 TM and Landsat 7 ETM+ Surface Reflectance from ESPA, no L7 ETM+ scenes acquired from March 12  to March 17, 2017 can be successfully processed to Surface Reflectance.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 – Landsat Collection 1 Higher-Level Data Products Status

Starting March 30, 2017, users will be able to request processing of Landsat Higher-Level (Surface Reflectance) data for Landsat 4-8 Collection 1 scenes from EarthExplorer. (Read More)

March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017 – Elevation discrepancy prompts reprocessing of Landsat 7 Antarctic data

During Collection 1 Level-1 data processing of Landsat 7 ETM+ scenes covering Antarctica, it was discovered that about 2,700 scenes were processed using incorrect elevation data. While acquisition dates vary, the majority of scenes affected were acquired between January 2000 and January 2001. During the week of March 20, 2017, these data will be reprocessed with correct elevation information and will be repopulated on EarthExplorer. This file lists the affected scenes that will be reprocessed.

March 09, 2017

March 9, 2017 – Harmonized Landsat, Sentinel-2 Surface Reflectance Products Available

The Harmonized Landsat-Sentinel-2 (HLS) project is a NASA initiative to produce a consistent, harmonized surface reflectance product from Landsat and Sentinel-2 data, which was acquired from October 2015 through December 2016 for selected test sites. (Read More)

March 07, 2017

March 7, 2017 - Pecora 20 Conference Announcement

The Pecora 20 Conference will be held November 14-16, 2017 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The conference theme is “Observing a Changing Earth: Science for Decisions…Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection”, and the symposium will offer a program on applications of satellite and other Earth observations to monitor, assess, and perform projections of future land and water resources, as well as big data and other analytical technologies to improve decision making utilizing satellite data. (Read More)

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections

The Wildflower Superbloom in California from Landsat's Perspective
After 5 years of drought, California finally got relief during the winter of 2016–2017 with much needed precipitation.
Fires Burn Farms and Ranches in Oklahoma and Kansas
Massive wildfires scorched nearly 780,000 acres of farm and ranch land in Oklahoma and Kansas in March 2017.
Landsat Monitors Mining at Center of North America Near Town of Center
Landsat satellites help verify a central tenet of industrial growth across the planet—the changing use of land to increase its economic output—and Center, North Dakota, is no exception.
Cambodia Experiences Rapid Rate of Forest Loss
When it comes to forest loss on a global scale, Cambodia is notable for how rapidly its forests are being cleared.
Landsat Detects Eruptions at Ethiopian Volcano
Landsat 8's shortwave infrared (SWIR) band is useful in viewing recent eruptions at Erta Ale volcano in northern Ethiopia near the Eritrea border.
Wildfires Ravage Central, South-Central Chile
Wildfires fueled by dry conditions, high temperatures, and strong winds are scorching central Chile at a level Chilean officials say they haven’t seen in decades.
January Rain, Snow Refills California Reservoirs
A decade of drought in California has eased after the first month of 2017 thanks to heavy rains and snow, a fact that Landsat images are helping to confirm.
Argentina Flooding Has Major Impact on Soybean Production
Heavy rains in late December 2016 and early January 2017 are affecting soybean production in Argentina’s bread-basket provinces while impacting soy prices worldwide.
West Africa Atlas Details Efforts to Manage, Preserve Okomu Forest
A new atlas named Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World tells the story of transformations and trends across many lands in West Africa, including this look at the threat of human activities in the Okomu Forest Reserve in southern Nigeria.
Wildfires Scorch Pampas Region of Argentina
Since mid-December 2016, roughly two dozen wildfires in the Pampas region of Argentina have consumed almost 2.5 million acres while unleashing giant plumes of dense smoke above the rural landscapes.
The Wildflower Superbloom in California from Landsat Fires Burn Farms and Ranches in Oklahoma and Kansas Landsat Monitors Mining at Center of North America Near Town of Center Cambodia Experiences Rapid Rate of Forest Loss Landsat Detects Eruptions at Ethiopian Volcano Wildfires Ravage Central, South-Central Chile January Rain, Snow Refills California Reservoirs Argentina Flooding Has Major Impact on Soybean Production West Africa Atlas Details Efforts to Manage, Preserve Okomu Forest Wildfires Scorch Pampas Region of Argentina

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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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