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March 26, 2018 - Landsat AOI Bulk Metadata Service to be Discontinued

On April 6, 2018, the Landsat Bulk Metadata service for an area-of-interest (AOI) will be removed from the Landsat Missions Website.Instead, users are encouraged to use EarthExplorer to conduct AOI bulk metadata searches and exports. Please refer to the EarthExplorer Help Documentation for more information on how to use the AOI bulk metadata service. (Read More)


September 2, 2014 - Landsat metadata (MTL) and Ground Control Point (GCP) changes starting September 3

Landsat MTL changes including MTL padding and Ground Control Point (GCP) MTL versioning, and GCP updates will go into affect starting the afternoon of September 3, 2014. For more information please visit the July 9, 2014 and July 23, 2014 Mission Headlines.

July 23, 2014 - Ground Control Point (GCP) versioning to be added to Landsat Metadata (MTL) file

The version number of the GCPs used to register an image will be recorded in the MTL file following the next processing system release in September 2014. The Landsat Project is in the process of improving the ground control points (GCPs) used to georegister Landsat products. (Read More)

July 9, 2014 - Landsat Metadata (MTL) File Changes

The Metadata (MTL) file distributed with the Level-1 data products will be changing in September 2014, to remove padding from the end of the file. This change will remove the extra lines that are currently at the end of the file, which was historically used to distribute a fixed-size MTL to support the HDF4 format. Since GeoTIFF is now the only data format provided, the bytes at the end of the file, the extra lines will be removed. Samples of the modified MTL files are available to download: .zip (4.77 KB)


April 25, 2013 - Old Metadata Format to be Removed

For over 6 months, Landsat 1-7 products have included a new metadata format to align with operational data from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. We have been including the historic metadata format to allow users enough transition time to adjust to the new format. That file, *_OLD.txt, will be removed as of Monday, April 29, 2013.


August 24, 2012 - Landsat metadata release moves forward

A large metadata and file name update will be released on August 29, 2012. All access to Landsat data will be down for the day, with a return on August 30th. Details about the changes to metadata and file names can be found on the Metadata Web page.


August 20, 2012 - Delayed Release of Metadata Changes

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the release that will align the Landsat 1 through Landsat 8 metadata has been delayed. We will make further announcements as more details develop.