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December 21, 2012 - The End of an Era

Today, the USGS announced that Landsat 5 will be decommissioned over the coming months, bringing to a close the longest-operating Earth observing satellite mission in history. See this page for Landsat 5's amazing service and legacy!

December 14, 2012 - Witness a bit of history!

NASA is hosting a social media event at the launch of Landsat 8 in Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in early February. We would like as many Landsat users to attend as possible. Registration is open from December 20, 2012 through January 7, 2013. Please see the NASA webpage for details and restrictions.

November 27, 2012 - Sabers talks about Landsat 8

Jenn Sabers, Remote Sensing Branch Chief at the USGS EROS Center, answers questions about Landsat science, the Landsat legacy, and the future of the mission.

November 7, 2012 - Members of the Landsat Science Team Interviewed on SDPB

Drs. Dennis Helder and David Roy were interviewed on South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Dakota Midday about Landsat 8 and their roles in the Landsat Science Team. Listen to the interview on SDPB's website.

October 30, 2012 - Landsat TM data removed from downloadable state

All Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) scenes were removed from downloadable state on October 29, 2012, to resolve issues with thermal band 6 processing. Any previously placed requests for TM data will need to be resubmitted for processing. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please Contact Us with any questions or concerns about this.

October 26, 2012 - Landsat 5 Thermal band 6 issues

Issues have been identified with thermal band 6 of Landsat Thematic Mapper processed data, due to the Calibration Parameter File (CPF) updates implemented on October 1, 2012. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Please Contact Us with any questions or concerns about this.

October 22, 2012 - LTWG#21 Meets in Sioux Falls, SD

The Landsat Technical Working Group #21 (LTWG#21) meeting was held in Sioux Falls, SD, USA, on September 24 through September 28, 2012.

Participants from 19 countries, including members of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Landsat and Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Projects, represented 29 U.S. and international ground stations and discussed a wide range of technical topics. (Read More)

October 19, 2012 - New Landsat Science Team Announced

The USGS, in cooperation with NASA, has selected an expert team of scientists and engineers to provide technical and scientific input to USGS and NASA on issues critical to the success of the Landsat program. The team members and their areas of expertise are listed on the Landsat website and also in this USGS Technical Announcement.

October 19, 2012 - New Earthshots Website

The USGS EROS Center recently released a revised and updated Earthshots. Explore the site's new images and updated content to see how satellite images are used to track change over time. See more.


October 15, 2012 - New GLS Visualization Interface Available

The USGS EROS Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) GLS Visualization Interface was released today. The new interface allows users to immediately download Global Land Survey (GLS) 2010 and GLS 2005 Surface Reflectance Products. GLS 2000 surface reflectance products will be available soon as well. (Read More)


October 1, 2012 - Remote Sensing of Environment Landsat Legacy Special Issue

The July 2012 edition of Remote Sensing of Environment is a special Landsat Legacy issue. As the corporate sponsor of the issue, the USGS invites you to free access to the issue for a year from publication. 202 pages of everything Landsat from the mission's science, to its future, to its legacy. The full issue can be found here.

September 28, 2012 - Landsat releases quarterly Calibration Parameter File

Once a quarter, the radiometry experts on the Landsat team craft a new Calibration Parameter File (CPF), which is then incorporated into processing new and archived data. For Landsat 5 TM products created on or after 1 October, the update will improve radiometric accuracy and will significantly reduce or eliminate residual banding and striping. See the Calibration Notices webpage for more information.

September 27, 2012 - LandsatLook Viewer

The LandsatLook Viewer will not be available from Friday, September 28th through October 1st. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

September 4, 2012 - 9 million Landsat downloads...and counting

The use of Landsat data has exploded since the USGS began distributing the data at no cost via the internet. In the best sales year, around 25,000 images were sold. The Landsat project has now exceeded that number in a single day. (Read More)


August 24, 2012 - Landsat metadata release moves forward

A large metadata and file name update will be released on August 29, 2012. All access to Landsat data will be down for the day, with a return on August 30th. Details about the changes to metadata and file names can be found on the Metadata Web page.


August 20, 2012 - Delayed Release of Metadata Changes

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the release that will align the Landsat 1 through Landsat 8 metadata has been delayed. We will make further announcements as more details develop.


July 23, 2012 - USGS Rolls Out New LandsatLook Viewer

In honor of this, the 40th Anniversary of the Landsat 1 launch, and in preparation for Landsat 8 in February 2013, the USGS has rolled out a prototype viewer that allows easy access to the over 3 million scenes in the Landsat archive. Go to the LandsatLook Viewer.

July 23, 2012 - Landsat celebrates 40th anniversary

In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, our community helped select ten interesting places to study land change. Our global community also helped us pick the top five most beautiful Landsat images. Information on these and other 40th activities can be found on these NASA pages:

Landsat 40th

Landsat 40th Anniversary


June 11, 2012 - Vote for Your Favorite Landsat Image!

In celebration of Landsat's 40th anniversary, we invite you to vote on some of the prettiest Landsat scenes in our archive. The Earth as Art collection has more than 120 images that were hand selected for their beauty or uniqueness. The poll closes on July 6, 2012, and the winners will be announced as part of the anniversary celebration on July 23.

June 6, 2012 - Landsat 7 Back on Track

In late April, Landsat 7 had to move away from a piece of oncoming space debris. This sent Landsat 7 westward out of its nominal reference orbit. In May, the Flight Operations Team conducted a maneuver to push the spacecraft back east. As of Tuesday, June 5, Landsat 7 was back in its correct orbit.