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Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data.

Landsat Headlines

December 10, 2018

Special Issue: December 2018 - AGU Meeting Edition

A new Lansdat Update is now available. (read more) 

December 04, 2018

December 4, 2018 - Changes Coming to the USGS Landsat Missions Website

Before January 14, 2019, the current Landsat Missions Website will be transitioned to a more unified USGS website structure resulting in a new URL for the entire Landsat Missions Website: (read more)

November 29, 2018- Landsat Level-2 Provisional Surface Temperature Science Product Now Available!

The Landsat Level-2 Provisional Surface Temperature Science Product is now available for download as part of the U.S Landsat Analysis Ready Data tile package (read more). 

November 26, 2018 - U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data Processing Resumes

Processing of U.S. Landsat ARD tiles resumed Thursday, November 15, 2018 (read more)

November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018 - Landsat Data Processing Update

Landsat Level-1 data processing has returned to nominal operations. (read more)

November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018 – Landsat Processing Resumes

On Friday, November 16, 2018, processing of newly acquired Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 scenes was interrupted. Scene processing resumed Sunday, November 18, and as of Monday, November 19, most Landsat 7 data acquired over the weekend have been processed and are available for download. (read more)

November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018 - Landsat Processing Unavailable

Newly acquired Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 data processing is currently unavailable (read more). 

November 02, 2018

November 2, 2018 – USGS Program Coordinator Talks Future of Landsat

USGS National Land Imaging Program Coordinator Tim Newman recently shared his perspectives on future Landsat missions. (read more)

October 31, 2018

October 31, 2018 – Sustainable Land Imaging Architecture Study Team Request for Information

The NASA-USGS Architecture Study Team, with acceptance of the Sustainable Land Imaging Joint Steering Group, posted to FedBizOps on October 25, 2018 a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain feedback on future Landsat Missions. (read more)

October 26, 2018

October 26, 2018 - Landsat Science Team 2018 Meetings Summary in Earth Observer

An overview of the 2018 Landsat Science Team meetings was recently published in NASA's The Earth Observer publication. (read more)

National Land Imaging Collections

Seeing Historic Route 66 from Above
Route 66 was established in November 1926.
Antarctica's Blue Ice
Antarctica's interior is circled by glacial ice flows that move outward from the frozen continent’s surface.
Fires Burning Across California
Satellites have captured views of the numerous major fires burning in California.
Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica
Another large iceberg recently broke off Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica. According to the U.S. National Ice Center, this iceberg, named B-46, has an area of 87 square miles. That’s slightly larger than the iceberg that previously separated from the glacier in September 2017.
Elwha River Dam Removal, Washington
In September 2011, the largest dam removal project in U.S. history began.
Hurricane Michael Batters Florida Panhandle
Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018.
Cottonwood Fire, 2016
October 16, 2018, marks the two-year anniversary of the Cottonwood Fire in western South Dakota.
A World of Hops
Around six million people visit the Bavarian city of Munich each year for Oktoberfest, a celebration of suds that coincides with the hops harvest.
The Slow Path of Florence Flooding
Hurricane Florence hit the Carolina coast on September 14, 2018, but it took much longer for the full impact to emerge.
Landsat Mosaic of the Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands, isolated in the eastern Pacific Ocean, lie about 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador.
Seeing Historic Route 66 from Above Antarctica's Blue Ice Fires Burning Across California Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica Elwha River Dam Removal, Washington Hurricane Michael Batters Florida Panhandle Cottonwood Fire, 2016 A World of Hops The Slow Path of Florence Flooding Landsat Mosaic of the Galapagos

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“Measuring the past contributes to our understanding of the long-term consequences of our past economic and societal choices, and contributes to more informed management decisions in the future.”

Jean-François Pekel, who used 3 million Landsat images to make global surface water, Smithsonian Magazine, Dec 9, 2016

“What we’re able to do now is track the flow of the world’s ice from pole to pole and on every continent.”

Ted Scambos,, a glaciologist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, talking about the Landsat 8-based GoLIVE project, Climate Central, Dec 21, 2016

“We cannot do this project if the Landsat program doesn’t deliver this open data to the scientific community… We are benefiting from these long-term investments now.”

Lilian Pintea, VP of conservation science, Jane Goodall Institute

“From a valuation standpoint, Landsat is an extremely valuable public good just in its direct use—let alone the economic value of all the indirect uses built on the direct data.”

John Loomis, an economist at Colorado State University, Landsat Benefited U.S. Economy by $1.8 Billion in 2011, Aug 30, 2015

“The Landsat archive holds great potential for studying the processes behind the Greenland Ice Sheet’s response to our changing climate over multi-decadal time scales. It is essential that this record be exploited over other areas of the Greenland Ice Sheet.”

Noel Gourmelen, Despite Warming, Landsat Reveals Decadal Slowdowns on Greenland Ice Sheet, Oct 28, 2015

"We are now beginning to see that the combination of high performance computing, data storage facilities, data preparation techniques, and advanced systems can materially accelerate the value of Landsat data."

Dr. Suzette Kimball, acting Director of the USGS, A New Era of Space Collaboration between Australia and U.S., Jun 18, 2015

“...the time is now right and urgent to apply space technology towards the solution of many pressing natural resources problems being compounded by population and industrial growth.”

Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of the Interior (1966)

“The economic value of just one year of Landsat data far exceeds the multi-year total cost of building, launching, and managing Landsat satellites and sensors.”

Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment, Jan 14, 2015, USGS press release

“The value of Landsat data is internationally recognized as indispensable to science, natural resource management, commerce, security, foreign policy, agriculture, and education.”

National Geospatial Advisory Committee, Landsat Advisory Group, Statement on Landsat Data Use and Charges, Sept 18, 2012


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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