Landsat Missions

Landsat Acquisition Tool

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Use the tools on this page to determine when the Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 satellites acquire data over your area of interest, and to view the paths that were acquired on any given day.

Landsat satellites image the entire Earth every 16 days in an 8-day offset. Landsat 7 acquires data in descending (daytime) node, while Landsat 8 acquires data in both descending and occasional ascending (nighttime) node.

Return to the Landsat Acquisition page.

View Landsat 7 or 8 paths scheduled for acquisition on any day. Select a satellite. Click on the date you want to view. The paths for that date appear in a list below and on the map.

Legend:   Ascending      Descending

Select Satellite

Landsat 8 (OLI/TIRS)
Landsat 7 (ETM+)

Choose Node

Descending (daytime)
Ascending (nighttime)

16 Day Acquisition Calendar

Paths on Cycle Day:

Enter a Landsat path and row to display the nearest scene center latitude and longitude coordinates. Enter a latitude and longitude or click on the map to display Landsat scenes that cover the point. The results are summarized in a table along with the next calculated acquisition date for each satellite.

To correctly identify the ascending (nighttime) or descending (daytime) path and row, choose Ascending Node or Descending Node before doing the conversion.

Legend:   Ascending      Descending       Lat/Long Point



  + is North, - is South
  + is East, - is West

Select Node

Path Row Lat Long L7 Next Acq L8 Next Acq

Display Landsat acquisitions paths for any day and download the files that list the paths that were acquired. Select the satellite, date, and how many additional days (1-15) to view.

Select Satellite

Landsat 8 (OLI/TIRS)
Landsat 7 (ETM+)

Additional Days

Select Date


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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