February 11, 2018 will mark the 5th anniversary of the launch of Landsat 8 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and USGS mission, Landsat 8 adds to the longest continuous data record of Earth’s surface as viewed from space. Since launch, Landsat 8 has completed over 25,500 Earth orbits, traveled over 700 million miles, and contributed over 1.1 million scenes to the USGS Landsat archive.
Since 2013, Landsat 8 data has been cited in over 600 peer reviewed journal publications supporting studies from agriculture, forest and water quality/use/management, to natural disaster support, and mapping and monitoring land change, to name a few.
We celebrate this milestone with two videos that highlight Landsat 8's accomplishments to date, and how its data is helping continue Landsat's legacy of preserving Earth's natural resources from space. Check them out on the Landsat Media Library page.