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February 9, 2015 - Upcoming Landsat 7 Data Unavailable During Orbit Maneuver

The Landsat 7 satellite will be conducting an orbit maintenance maneuver beginning at 15:00 UTC (9:00 am CT) Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (DOY41), which will cause an interruption of Landsat 7 data products. The maneuver will be complete and operations will return to nominal by 21:15 UTC (3:15 pm CT) on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (DOY42). No Landsat 7 science data will be acquired during the maneuver.

January 29, 2015 - Upcoming Website Unavailability

This webpage will be unavailable from 6 pm to 10 pm CT on Thursday, February 5, 2015 due to network upgrades. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

January 28, 2015 - Important Information about Upcoming Landsat Data Processing Changes

During Spring 2015, significant changes to Landsat products will improve the consistency of Landsat 4-8 data records. These changes will enhance data usability. ​​The planned changes, potential impacts, and benefits are summarized on the ​recently published Landsat Update.

January 27, 2015 - Landsat 8 TIRS Update

Landsat 8 continues to acquire OLI and TIRS data, although TIRS Level-1 processing remains suspended.

On December 19 the TIRS instrument on Landsat 8 was reconfigured due to detection of anomalous current levels associated with the scene select mirror encoder electronics. (Read More)

January 23, 2015 - Landsat 7 Data Update

The Landsat 7 Gap Phase Statistic (GPS) errors reported in the January 21, 2015 Headline have been corrected, and all data acquired on January 19, 2015 (DOY 19) forward have been reprocessed with valid GPS values.

January 21, 2015 - Landsat 4-7 Surface Reflectance Data Fixes

Landsat Ecosystem Disturbance Adaptive Processing System (LEDAPS) version 2.2.1 was implemented on January 21, 2015 and includes the correction of two issues introduced by LEDAPS 2.2.0 on December 23, 2014: (Read More)

January 21, 2015 - Landsat 8 Thermal Infrared (TIRS) data are still being collected but product generation remains suspended.

The Flight Operations Team and subject matter experts have conducted numerous tests in an effort to determine the cause of the current anomaly associated with the TIRS scan select mirror (SSM) encoder. (Read More)

January 21, 2015 - Recent Landsat 7 data changed

On Monday, January 19, 2015 (DOY 19) at 03:14:07 GMT, Gap Phase Statistic (GPS) errors were discovered in the compilation of Landsat 7 ETM+ Level-1 data products. Data processing was temporarily suspended until late afternoon January 20, 2015. (Read More)

January 15, 2015 - Known Issues Reporting for Provisional Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Data Available

User feedback regarding the usability of Provisional Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) Surface Reflectance (SR) data products is now available in the “Known Issues” section of the Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Product Guide.

January 15, 2015 - Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment

The Landsat Advisory Group of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee is a team of commercial, state/local government, and NGO geospatial information experts. The group recently updated a critical review of the value of Landsat information that has recently been released to the public. The story can be found on the USGS Science Features 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 images are also invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief.


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The Landsat Update is an informal communication tool, prepared periodically and distributed electronically to USGS Landsat partners, to provide information about Landsat activities and related topics of interest.

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