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As of December 31, 2016

The Landsat Archive

The chart below displays the number of scenes visible to all users on EarthExplorer as of December 31, 2016.

Landsat Scenes Visible In EarthExplorer

In addition to the current Landsat 8 and Landsat 7 missions that are constantly increasing the data in the USGS archive, the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) effort is returning unique Landsat 1-5 MSS and TM data originally downlinked to International Ground Stations into the USGS archive, making even more data available to all users.

The files on the USGS Landsat Global Archive webpage provide a view of the data added to the USGS archive per satellite, per year.

Popular Areas of the World

This Landsat 8 image is representative of the many scenes downloaded from the USGS Landsat archives during December 2016, and shows the a portion of the Paraná River, a natural boundary between Paraguay and Brazil.

Landsat 8 Image of the Parana River
Landsat 8 Image of Path 224 Row 77. Acquired December 1, 2016.

Landsat Data Distribution

The Landsat archive became available to all users at no charge in December of 2008. As of December 31, 2016, over 51 million scenes have been downloaded by users worldwide.

Millions of Landsat Scenes Downloaded since December 2008

How Users Put Landsat to Work

This graph shows the top ten Landsat data uses from October 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

Top Ten Landsat Data Usages



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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The Landsat Update is an informal communication tool, prepared periodically and distributed electronically to USGS Landsat partners, to provide information about Landsat activities and related topics of interest.

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