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December 18, 2009 - Landsat 5 Anomaly

On Friday, December 18, 2009, the transmitter on Landsat 5 experienced technical difficulties. There has been no Landsat 5 data acquired since that time. The U.S. Geological Survey Flight Operations team has extensive experience with this transmitter and is currently addressing the situation.

December 3, 2009 - TerraLook

TerraLook was developed to serve the traditional science communities that have used satellite data for analyzing and monitoring change, as well as science writers, field scientists, resource managers, policy makers, members of the education community and the general public (Read More)


September 28 - October 5, 2009 – Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group (LGSOWG#38) Meeting

This year's Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group (LGSOWG#38) meeting was held in Berlin, Germany, September 28–October 5, 2009. The meeting was jointly organized by the USGS and NASA and was hosted by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Participants from 11 countries represented 14 international ground stations and discussed a wide range of programmatic and technical topics. (Read More)

October 1, 2009 - USGS Scientists Survey Users of Moderate-Resolution Satellite Imagery

Understanding the benefits and value of the imagery provided by moderate-resolution satellites, such as Landsat, is essential as future land-imaging initiatives move forward. To identify the importance of these images, USGS researchers are conducting a comprehensive, Web-based survey of nearly 4,000 moderate-resolution imagery users. (Read More)


September 29, 2009 - New Bulk Download Tool for Free Landsat Data.

For the first 1.1 million free Landsat scenes, users had to download one scene at a time. The Landsat Project has developed a bulk download tool so users can more easily download entire lists. After uploading a text file list of Landsat Scene IDs (Read More)

August 20, 2009 - Free Landsat Scenes Go Public by the Million

On August 17, someone who wanted to see how the Earth looks from 440 miles away in space downloaded the one-millionth Landsat satellite image scene from a U.S. Geological Survey web site at its Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Read More)

August 17, 2009 - Landsat 5 Update

Evaluation of the Landsat 5 data following the recent spacecraft anomaly is complete. All data collected at the Landsat Ground Station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from Saturday, August 15, 2009 through today (Monday, August 17, 2009) are currently available for order or immediate download from EarthExplorer or GloVis. (Read More)

August 14, 2009 - Landsat 5 Update

Landsat 5 operations continued successfully last night. The Thematic Mapper instrument payload was turned on today, and imagery was successfully downlinked at the Landsat Ground Station (LGS) in Sioux Falls, SD. You will be able to monitor the passes on EarthNow. (Read More)

August 13, 2009 - Landsat 5 Anomaly

Landsat 5 experienced an anomaly in the early morning hours of August 13, 2009. The Flight Operations Team (FOT) is assessing the problem and testing spacecraft systems. No imaging will occur until further notice. (Read More)

June 22-24, 2009 - The Landsat Science Team meeting

The Landsat Science Team Meeting was held at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Center for Imaging Science in Rochester, New York. LDCM development was discussed, and status reports of Landsat 5 and 7 operations were presented.

April 2, 2009 - Free data downloads hit 500,000

On April 2, 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Project delivered its 500,000th free image for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009! A recent USGS policy change enabled Landsat data to be distributed at no charge via the internet. (Read More)

March 1, 2009 - Happy 25th Birthday, Landsat 5!

On March 1, 1984, Landsat 5 launched onboard a Delta 3920 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. With a design life of 3 years, Landsat 5 has far exceeded its planned mission and continues to provide high-quality data for research around the world.

February 9-13, 2009 - Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG#18) Meeting

This year's Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG#18) meeting was held in Maspalomas, Spain, February 9–13, 2009. The meeting was jointly organized by the USGS and NASA and was hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Spanish Space Agency Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA). (Read More)

January 9, 2009 - USGS announcement: Opening the Landsat Archive

Electronic access to the entire USGS Landsat 7 archive, enabling users to download standard-format scenes at no charge, has been an amazing success, with over 225,000 scenes downloaded since October 1st. Previously acquired imagery from Landsat 1 through Landsat 5, is also now available (Read More)

January 6-8, 2009 - The Landsat Science Team meeting

The Landsat Science Team meeting was held in Fort Collins, CO. In addition to status reports on LDCM development and Landsat 5 and 7 operations, the meeting focused on technical issues associated with future Landsat data products and requirements for future missions.