Landsat Missions

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

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December 06, 2017

USGS, NASA Preparing to Commit to Launch Date, Cost for Landsat 9

NASA and USGS officials are meeting December 6, 2017 at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C., at which time NASA will be asked to commit to a total cost and launch date for Landsat 9. (Read More)

December 05, 2017

Landsat 9 Ground Network Element Reaches Successful Milestone

The Landsat 9 Ground Network Element (GNE) Preliminary Design Review (PDR) took place at the USGS EROS Center on November 30, 2017.  (Read more)

 

November 29, 2017

November 29, 2017 - Delivery changes to Band 4 Solar/Sensor Zenith/Azimuth Angle Bands

A recent software release to the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) on-demand interface changes the delivery to users of the Band 4 Solar/Sensor zenith/azimuth angle bands. (Read More)

November 21, 2017 - Landsat Analysis Ready Data for Alaska and Hawaii Available

USGS Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) for Alaska and Hawaii are now available for download from EarthExplorer. This completes the release of U.S. Landsat ARD for all 50 states.  (Read More)

November 8, 2017 – New Video Introduces Landsat Analysis Ready Data

A new video introducing Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) has been added to the Landsat ARD webpage, as well as the Landsat Media Library.  (Read More)

November 01, 2017

November 1, 2017 - Upcoming Infrastructure Maintenance

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota will temporarily halt Landsat data processing at 11:00 am CST, and all data distribution from EarthExplorer, GloVis, the LandsatLook Viewer, and ESPA at 3:00 pm CST due to planned required infrastructure maintenance. General information webpages will also become unavailable at 3:00 pm. (Read More)

October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017 - Landsat Analysis Ready Data Available

USGS Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) for the conterminous United States are now available for download from EarthExplorer. (Read More)

October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017 – NASA Awards Landsat 9 Launch Services Contract

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission. (Read More)

October 03, 2017

Oct 3, 2017 - Landsat Pre-Collection Level-1 Dataset Removal Prompts EarthExplorer Changes

Landsat Pre-Collection Level-1 scenes for Landsat 4-5 TM, Landsat 7 ETM+, and Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS are no longer available for download from EarthExplorer. (Read More)

September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017 - Upcoming Changes to Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Code

On October 5, 2017, a number of modifications will be made to the Landsat Surface Reflectance Code (LaSRC) to optimize Landsat 8 surface reflectance processing and to improve Landsat 8 surface reflectance quality assessment information. (Read More)

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections

New Rift on Greenland's Petermann Glacier
A new rift has been forming on Petermann Glacier, Greenland, throughout 2017.
Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana
Is Louisiana falling into the sea, or is the sea inundating Louisiana? It's actually a bit of both.
The Belo Monte Dam Complex, Brazil
In northern Brazil, the Belo Monte Dam complex on the Xingu River, a major tributary of the Amazon, has changed the course of the river and surrounding landscape.
Wildfires Devastate California Wine Country
Residents had little warning when wildfires that ignited late Sunday night, October 8, 2017, were fanned by wind gusts of 50 miles per hour and blasted across California's wine country.
Pine Island Glacier's Newest Iceberg
Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica has snapped off its share of icebergs in recent years. The frequency of noteworthy breaks is evidence that the ice shelf is becoming increasingly fragile.
Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane and the fifth strongest storm ever to hit the United States.
Irma Churns Up Sediment in the Florida Keys
Hurricane Irma crossed the Florida Keys the morning of September 10, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour.
Hurricane Irma Slams Barbuda
Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 superstorm when it lashed the Caribbean island of Barbuda on September 6, 2017.
Hurricane Harvey Flooding
Extensive flooding inundated the Gulf Coast of Texas after Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on August 25, 2017.
Gypsy Moth Infestation Continues in New England
A large outbreak of gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) caterpillars attacked the hardwood forests of the northeastern United States in 2016.
New Rift on Greenland Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana The Belo Monte Dam Complex, Brazil Wildfires Devastate California Wine Country Pine Island Glacier Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria Irma Churns Up Sediment in the Florida Keys Hurricane Irma Slams Barbuda Hurricane Harvey Flooding Gypsy Moth Infestation Continues in New England

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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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