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

Landsat Headlines

May 23, 2018 - Landsat 9 OLI-2 Instrument Focal Plane Integration

Photos recently shared by Ball Aerospace in Boulder, CO show technicians working on Landsat 9’s Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) instrument in the cleanroom during focal plane integration. (Read More

Landsat MSS Collection 1 Data Now Available

Landsat 1-5 Multispectral Scanner (MSS) Collection 1 Level-1 data are now available to download from the USGS Landsat archive. (Read More)

May 15, 2018

Reminder: 2018 William T. Pecora Award Nominations Accepted through June 15, 2018

The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that have made outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) jointly sponsor the award.  Nominations are being accepted through June 15, 2018. 

May 7, 2018 - ​Upcoming Data Processing and Download Interruptions

Beginning Monday, May 14, 2018, access to Landsat Collection 1 Level-1 and Level-2 datasets will be intermittently available from all USGS data portals. (Read More)

April 25, 2018 - Successful Landsat 9 Mission Review

The Landsat 9 Mission Critical Design Review was held April 17-20, 2018 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. (Read More)

April 24, 2018

April 24, 2018 - Continued Hold on U.S. Landsat ARD Production

The USGS temporarily suspended the production of U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) tiles on March 19, 2018 to allow for the integration of Landsat Surface Temperature and Dynamic Surface Water Extent products. The planned April 30 production re-start has been delayed unexpectedly and is rescheduled for mid-May 2018. (Read More)

April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018 - 10th Anniversary of Imagery for Everyone

On April 21, 2008, the USGS officially announced the pursuit of an aggressive schedule to provide users with no charge electronic access to any Landsat scene held in the USGS-managed national archive of global scenes dating back to Landsat 1, launched in 1972. (Read More)

April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018 - LGAC Milestone Reached

The ​5 millionth scene received in support of the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) effort has been added into the USGS Landsat archive. (Read More)

April 10, 2018

April 10, 2018 –Successful Landsat 9 Ground System Review Held

The USGS and NASA held a Landsat 9 Ground System Preliminary Design Review (GPDR) on March 20-22, 2018 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Read More)

March 28, 2018 - Sentinel-2B Data Now Available from USGS EROS

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is pleased to announce the availability of European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel-2B mission products through USGS data access and distribution systems. (Read More)

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections

A History of Lava Flows at Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano
New fissures opened up on Hawaii’s Big Island in early May 2018, spouting lava that destroyed homes in the Leilani Estates neighborhood.
Rattlesnake Fire, Arizona
The 2018 fire season is already active in the western United States. One of the larger wildfires so far is the Rattlesnake Fire.
Hurricane Sandy's Lasting Effects on Fire Island, NY
As Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012, the storm’s waves and wind cut a breach in a narrow part of Fire Island, a barrier island south of Long Island, New York.
Urban Growth in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Decades of consistent data from Landsat help scientists monitor the growth of urban areas in a world where more than half of the population lives in cities.
Landsat's View of the Boston Marathon
The 122nd Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world, takes place on April 16, 2018. This Landsat 8 image shows the April landscape of eastern Massachusetts, before vegetation has greened up.
From Chile to Your Smartphone
If you like being connected to the world everywhere you go with a smartphone or other device, then you have a desolate salt flat in northern Chile to thank.
Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala
Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala erupted on January 31, 2018, and Landsat 8 acquired an image of the eruption a day later.
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.
A History of Lava Flows at Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Rattlesnake Fire, Arizona Hurricane Sandy Urban Growth in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Landsat From Chile to Your Smartphone Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala Theewaterskloof Reservoir, South Africa Oil Fires in Iraq Update on 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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