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September 12, 2017 - Upcoming Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review

The Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review (PDR), scheduled for September 12-14, 2017, allows for an independent Standing Review Board to understand and determine if all of the components of Landsat 9 are integrated collectively through the preliminary design phase. (Read More)

September 21, 2016 - 50 years of Landsat Vision

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall’s 1966 announcement of "Project EROS (Earth Resources Observation Satellites)”. Udall’s vision paved the way for what we today know as Landsat, and gave the world the confidence to create satellite (Read More)

July 18, 2016 – Webpage, factsheets highlight 50 years of “Project EROS”

In 1966, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall announced his vision to create “a program aimed at gathering facts about the natural resources of the earth from earth-orbiting satellites.” The announcement created “Project EROS”. (Read More)

February 11, 2016 – Landsat 8: Three Years In Space!

Since its launch on this date in 2013, the Landsat 8 satellite has acquired more than 675,000 scenes, adding valuable time series data to the USGS Landsat Archives!

April 15, 2014 - Landsat 7's 15 year Anniversary!

Launched on April 15, 1999, the Landsat 7 satellite has now been observing Earth from outer space for 15 years. During this time, over 1,722,867 images have been acquired and made available to users worldwide. Landsat 7 provides a worldwide audience with objective views, both current and historical, of events and trends across Earth’s landscape.

February 11, 2014 - Landsat 8's 1st Anniversary!

It's hard to believe it has been a full year since the launch of the Landsat 8 satellite! During this time, over 160,000 images have been acquired and made available to users worldwide.

February 11, 2013 - Landsat 5 Sets Guinness World Record

Landsat 5 successfully set the new Guinness World Records title for 'Longest-operating Earth observation satellite’ as stated in an e-mail from Guinness World Records sent to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Outliving its three-year design life, Landsat 5 delivered high-quality, global data of Earth's land surface for 28 years and 10 months.

September 4, 2012 - 9 million Landsat downloads...and counting

The use of Landsat data has exploded since the USGS began distributing the data at no cost via the internet. In the best sales year, around 25,000 images were sold. The Landsat project has now exceeded that number in a single day. (Read More)

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July 23, 2012 - Landsat celebrates 40th anniversary

In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, our community helped select ten interesting places to study land change. Our global community also helped us pick the top five most beautiful Landsat images. Information on these and other 40th activities can be found on these NASA pages:

Landsat 40th

Landsat 40th Anniversary

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June 11, 2012 - Vote for Your Favorite Landsat Image!

In celebration of Landsat's 40th anniversary, we invite you to vote on some of the prettiest Landsat scenes in our archive. The Earth as Art collection has more than 120 images that were hand selected for their beauty or uniqueness. The poll closes on July 6, 2012, and the winners will be announced as part of the anniversary celebration on July 23.

March 5, 2012 - Anne Castle, DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, recently discussed Landsat's 40 years.

At the Association for American Geographer's Annual Meeting, Anne Castle spoke to Landsat's long legacy, its benefit to humanity, and the future of the mission. In her presentation, you can find striking images of our planet, graphics on how Landsat is for research and operational analysis, statistics on the importance of free data, and the promise of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM).

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March 1, 2012 - Happy 28th Birthday Landsat 5!

March 1, 2012: Happy 28th Birthday Landsat 5!

October 13, 2011 - 40th Anniversary of Landsat Missions approaching

As we look forward to the 40th Anniversary, we take an opportunity to look back at our history. This video tells a bit about the Landsat 5 story.

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August 9, 2010 - A Landsat Milestone: Three Million Scenes

USGS EROS has distributed over three million scenes for free via the internet since October 1, 2008.

August 20, 2009 - Free Landsat Scenes Go Public by the Million

On August 17, someone who wanted to see how the Earth looks from 440 miles away in space downloaded the one-millionth Landsat satellite image scene from a U.S. Geological Survey web site at its Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Read More)

April 2, 2009 - Free data downloads hit 500,000

On April 2, 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Project delivered its 500,000th free image for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009! A recent USGS policy change enabled Landsat data to be distributed at no charge via the internet. (Read More)

March 1, 2009 - Happy 25th Birthday, Landsat 5!

On March 1, 1984, Landsat 5 launched onboard a Delta 3920 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. With a design life of 3 years, Landsat 5 has far exceeded its planned mission and continues to provide high-quality data for research around the world.

January 9, 2009 - USGS announcement: Opening the Landsat Archive

Electronic access to the entire USGS Landsat 7 archive, enabling users to download standard-format scenes at no charge, has been an amazing success, with over 225,000 scenes downloaded since October 1st. Previously acquired imagery from Landsat 1 through Landsat 5, is also now available (Read More)

September 1, 2007 - Landsat 5 made its 125000th orbit of the Earth

On September 1, 2007, Landsat 5 made its 125,000th orbit of the Earth. Designed to complete only 16,000 orbits, the spacecraft continues to deliver images of our ever-changing planet daily. Through domestic and international ground stations, much of the Earth is imaged by the Thematic Mapper (TM) instrument, the operational imaging sensor aboard Landsat 5. (Read More)

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