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

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December 17, 2018

December 17, 2018 – Landsat Mission Web Site Migration Starts

The Landsat Missions Web Site migration to the more unified USGS-based web site structure has begun. From today, the new USGS Landsat web site URL is www.usgs.gov/landsat. (read more)

December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018- Landsat Level-3 Science Product Samples Available

The USGS has released sample products for the following Landsat Level-3 science products; Burned Area, Fractional Snow Covered Area, and Dynamic Surface Water Extent (read more).

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: www.usgs.gov/landsat. (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). 

National Land Imaging Collections

Letters to the North Pole
Unlike the South Pole, the geographic North Pole does not lie on a land mass.
Lake Meredith's Return
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area takes its name from the water body it surrounds in the Texas Panhandle.
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.
Letters to the North Pole Lake Meredith's Return 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

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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