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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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February 17, 2018

February 17, 2018 – U.S. Landsat ARD Special Issue Call for Manuscripts

Remote Sensing is seeking manuscripts for a special issue on the Science of Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) that aims to explore the new generation of Landsat science data products that were released by the USGS in October 2017.   (Read More)

February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018 – Cryocooler for Landsat 9 Thermal Sensor Delivered Ahead of Schedule

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) received the Thermal Infrared Sensor 2 (TIRS-2) Flight Cryocooler for the Landsat 9 TIRS-2 instrument ahead of schedule. (Read More)

February 08, 2018

February 8, 2018 - NASA and USGS Celebrate 5 Year Launch Anniversary of Landsat 8

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. (Read More)

February 02, 2018

February 2, 2018 – Landsat 7 completes 100,000th Orbit

Landsat 7 completed its 100,000 orbit of Earth Thursday, February 1, 2018. (Read More)

January 31, 2018 - First 2018 Issue of Landsat Update Out Now

Landsat Update Volume 12 Issue 1 includes major milestones for Landsat 7, Landsat 8, the ten year anniversary of Landsat data becoming available at no charge, as well as many other Landsat related topics you should know about. (Read More)

January 30, 2018 - Upcoming Landsat Data Processing Interruption

Landsat Level-1 processing of newly-acquired Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 data will be interrupted from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm CST on Monday, February 5, 2018 for processing system updates. (Read More)

January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 - Landsat Operations Update

In the event that U.S. Federal agencies are confronted with a lapse in appropriations on January 19, 2018, the Landsat 7 and 8 satellites will continue mission essential operations. (Read More)

January 3, 2018 - Updated Landsat Spectral Characteristics Viewer

Check out the new and improved Landsat Spectral Characteristics Viewer to determine which satellite bands are best suited for your research application. The new viewer is compatible with all web browsers and on mobile devices, too!

December 22, 2017

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

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)

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections

Theewaterskloof Reservoir, South Africa
A three-year drought is threatening to cause city officials in Cape Town, South Africa, to shut off the tap water.
Oil Fires in Iraq
Over the past few years, black smoke has been seen in satellite images billowing from various locations in Iraq.
Update on Pine Island Glacier
A massive iceberg broke off Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica, in September 2017.
Southern California Wildfires Update
Santa Ana winds rapidly spread wildfires through shrubland, tall grasses, and brush in southern California in December 2017.
Southern California Wildfires, December 2017
Santa Ana winds rapidly spread wildfires through chaparral shrubland, tall grasses, and brush in southern California in December 2017.
New Rift on Greenland's Petermann Glacier
A new rift has been forming on Petermann Glacier, Greenland, throughout 2017.
Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana
Is Louisiana falling into the sea, or is the sea inundating Louisiana? It's actually a bit of both.
The Belo Monte Dam Complex, Brazil
In northern Brazil, the Belo Monte Dam complex on the Xingu River, a major tributary of the Amazon, has changed the course of the river and surrounding landscape.
Wildfires Devastate California Wine Country
Residents had little warning when wildfires that ignited late Sunday night, October 8, 2017, were fanned by wind gusts of 50 miles per hour and blasted across California's wine country.
Pine Island Glacier's Newest Iceberg
Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica has snapped off its share of icebergs in recent years. The frequency of noteworthy breaks is evidence that the ice shelf is becoming increasingly fragile.
Theewaterskloof Reservoir, South Africa Oil Fires in Iraq Update on Pine Island Glacier Southern California Wildfires Update Southern California Wildfires, December 2017 New Rift on Greenland Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana The Belo Monte Dam Complex, Brazil Wildfires Devastate California Wine Country Pine Island Glacier

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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

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