Landsat Missions

Can acquisition requests be made for a specific date and location?

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Can acquisition requests be made for a specific date and location?


The Landsat satellites are not considered tasking instruments and collections are made on a continual basis. Data acquisition requests are not available to the public. The Landsat 8 and Landsat 7 satellites each acquire data in accordance with their respective Long Term Acquisitions Plan (LTAP):

Landsat 8 LTAP

Landsat 7 LTAP

Each LTAP directs the acquisition of Landsat scenes, using parameters such as seasonality, land definition, historical cloud cover, gain settings, and sun angle.

The Landsat Acquisition page provides acquisition calendars and information about daily schedules.


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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