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December 22, 2017 - Landsat 8 Maneuver Update

The Landsat Flight Operations Team (FOT) successfully performed a retro-burn maneuver to arrest Landsat 8's westward drift across its WRS-2 ground track on December 21, 2017. (Read More)

December 20, 2017 - Landsat 8 Orbit Maneuver

At approximately 5:25 am CST (11:25 UTC) Thursday, December 21, 2​0​17, Landsat 8 operations will be suspended for a short period of time during an orbit correction maneuver. No data will be acquired during this maneuver. Normal operations are expected to resume by 9:25 am CST (15:25 UTC) on Thursday, December 21, 2017. (Read More)

December 15, 2017 - New Landsat Science Team Announced

The USGS, in cooperation with NASA, has selected an expert team of national and international land remote sensing leaders to provide technical and scientific input to USGS and NASA on issues critical to the success of the Landsat program. (Read More)

USGS, NASA Preparing to Commit to Launch Date, Cost for Landsat 9

NASA and USGS officials are meeting December 6, 2017 at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C., at which time NASA will be asked to commit to a total cost and launch date for Landsat 9. (Read More)

Landsat 9 Ground Network Element Reaches Successful Milestone

The Landsat 9 Ground Network Element (GNE) Preliminary Design Review (PDR) took place at the USGS EROS Center on November 30, 2017.  (Read more)


November 29, 2017 - Delivery changes to Band 4 Solar/Sensor Zenith/Azimuth Angle Bands

A recent software release to the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) on-demand interface changes the delivery to users of the Band 4 Solar/Sensor zenith/azimuth angle bands. (Read More)

November 21, 2017 - Landsat Analysis Ready Data for Alaska and Hawaii Available

USGS Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) for Alaska and Hawaii are now available for download from EarthExplorer. This completes the release of U.S. Landsat ARD for all 50 states.  (Read More)

November 8, 2017 – New Video Introduces Landsat Analysis Ready Data

A new video introducing Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) has been added to the Landsat ARD webpage, as well as the Landsat Media Library.  (Read More)

November 1, 2017 - Upcoming Infrastructure Maintenance

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota will temporarily halt Landsat data processing at 11:00 am CST, and all data distribution from EarthExplorer, GloVis, the LandsatLook Viewer, and ESPA at 3:00 pm CST due to planned required infrastructure maintenance. General information webpages will also become unavailable at 3:00 pm. (Read More)

October 30, 2017 - Landsat Analysis Ready Data Available

USGS Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) for the conterminous United States are now available for download from EarthExplorer. (Read More)


October 23, 2017 – NASA Awards Landsat 9 Launch Services Contract

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission. (Read More)

Oct 3, 2017 - Landsat Pre-Collection Level-1 Dataset Removal Prompts EarthExplorer Changes

Landsat Pre-Collection Level-1 scenes for Landsat 4-5 TM, Landsat 7 ETM+, and Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS are no longer available for download from EarthExplorer. (Read More)

September 29, 2017 - Upcoming Changes to Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Code

On October 5, 2017, a number of modifications will be made to the Landsat Surface Reflectance Code (LaSRC) to optimize Landsat 8 surface reflectance processing and to improve Landsat 8 surface reflectance quality assessment information. (Read More)

September 25, 2017 - Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) Coming Soon

USGS Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) for the conterminous United States will start becoming available for download in October 2017. (Read More)

September 14, 2017 – Landsat 7 Anomaly Resolution

Engineers have successfully completed recovery efforts of the Landsat 7 Solid State Recorder (SSR) anomaly that occurred on September 13, 2017. The satellite resumed nominal imaging operation as of September 13 (DOY256) at 22:09 UTC (5:09 pm CST) and data are available to download from EarthExplorer, GloVis, or the LandsatLook Viewer. (Read More)

​September 13, 2017 - Landsat 7 Solid State Recorder Anomaly

Early morning September 13, 2017, the Landsat 7 Solid State Recorder (SSR) experienced an anomaly. The Flight Operations Team (FOT) initial analysis of telemetry indicated what is referred to as an "SSR choke anomaly" where the SSR locks up. This condition has occurred multiple times over the past several years. (Read more)

September 12, 2017 - Upcoming Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review

The Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review (PDR), scheduled for September 12-14, 2017, allows for an independent Standing Review Board to understand and determine if all of the components of Landsat 9 are integrated collectively through the preliminary design phase. (Read More)

September 1, 2017 – Countdown to Landsat Pre-Collection Datasets Removal

During the week of October 1, 2017, Landsat 4-5 Thematic Mapper (TM), Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+), and Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI)/ Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Pre-Collection datasets will be removed from EarthExplorer.  Users have been encouraged to proactively use only Landsat Collection 1 datasets in their applications in preparation for this. (Read More)

August 25, 2017 - Landsat 7 Reaches Peak Outer Boundary

Landsat 7 recently reached its peak outermost boundary of 10:14:58 Mean Local Time (MLT) on August 11, 2017, since the final Delta-Inclination (Delta-I) maneuver took place on February 7, 2017. (Read More)

August 18, 2017 – Upcoming Solar Eclipse & Landsat Acquisitions

As Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 orbit the earth and acquire data, the Landsat Flight Operations Team (FOT) engineers had to determine if and how the upcoming August 21 solar eclipse would affect Landsat acquisitions over the United States. (Read More)