Landsat Missions

Landsat Collection 1 Reprocessing Status

As of December 5, 2016
Landsat 7 ETM+ (1999-2016)
  • U.S. Complete!
  • World scenes to reprocess 1,966,301
  • World scenes completed 667,499 (34%)
  • Years complete 2012-2016
  • Year in progress 2011
Landsat 4-5 TM (1982-2012)
  • U.S. Complete!
  • World scenes to reprocess 2,061,307
  • World scenes completed 672,082 (27%)
  • Years complete 2004-2012
  • Year in progress 2003
Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS
  • Reprocessing to begin January 2017
  • Data will become available February 2017

For further information visit the Landsat Collections webpage.

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.

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December 02, 2016

December 2, 2016 - Landsat 9 Ground System Review

On November 30 – December 1, USGS EROS hosted the Landsat 9 Ground System Requirements Review (GSRR) in Sioux Falls, SD. This was the first in a series of major project reviews for Landsat 9, which is scheduled for launch December 2020. (Read More)

October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016 - Landsat 8 Collection 1 Sample Data

Landsat 8 Collection 1 Level-1 sample data are available. Users are encouraged to analyze these samples and contact User Services with any questions or feedback.

October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016 - Upcoming Website Interruptions

Access to this site may become interrupted between 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm CT on Thursday, October 20, 2016 due to system upgrades.

October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016 – Earth Observation Day

Landsat satellites have been imaging our planet since 1972, producing data that are valuable for land surface change detection, agricultural yield forecasting, disaster monitoring, and many other applications. As part of Earth Science Week, Earth Observation Day strives to (Read More)

September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016 - Landsat Science Team Leader Named Pecora Award Recipient

Dr. Curtis Woodcock of Boston University received the 2016 William T. Pecora Award for achievement in Earth remote sensing recently during a special event held in Washington, D.C. (Read More)

September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016 - Landsat Collection 1 Data Available

Landsat Collection 1 data are now available on EarthExplorer. Collection 1 data contain notable improvements from Pre-Collection data. The Landsat Collections webpage details these changes (Read More)

September 21, 2016

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)

September 02, 2016

September 1, 2016 - Landsat 9 Passes Mission Milestone

Landsat 9 passed one of its important reviews: “Key Decision Point B (KDP-B)” on August 17, 2016. KDP-B marks the entry of a NASA Flight Project into “Phase B”, during which a preliminary design for all mission segments is completed. (Read More)

August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 - Landsat Collection 1 Release Date Change

The recently published Landsat Update announced that Landsat 4-5 and Landsat 7 Collection 1 data will become available by the end of August; however, to properly address issues discovered during (Read More)

August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016 – Latest Science Team Meeting Presentations Available

In July, the Landsat Science Team Meeting was held at McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center in Brookings, South Dakota. Presentations from the meeting are now available on the Team Meetings web page.

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections

Landsat Chronicles Deforestation in Colombia
Deforestation has long been a fact of life in the Amazon, Andean, and Caribbean regions of Colombia, South America, something that Landsat satellite data have thoroughly chronicled through the years.
Saudi Wheat Experiment Relied on Fossil Water
In the mid-1980s, Saudi Arabia embarked on an ambitious agricultural plan to grow crops in its desert areas using ancient fossil water deep beneath the sand, and installed center-pivot irrigation systems in the barren Wadi As-Sirhan basin in the northwest part of the country.
Landsat Monitors Gypsy Moth Damage
Massive defoliation caused by a severe outbreak of the European gypsy moth caterpillar during the spring and summer of 2016 across southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic was easily captured by the Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager sensor from 438 miles in space.
Hurricane Sandy Slammed Eastern U.S. Four Years Ago
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy barreled across the shorelines of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, impacting lives across two dozen states that fell within its destructive path.
Beauty of Earth Science Revealed Within Great Smoky Mountains
Earth Science reminds us that the study of Earth and its biological processes can occur anywhere—whether we realize it or not.
Landsat Monitors 1,800-Year-Old Redwoods
Redwood National and State Parks in northern California are the embodiment of America’s ongoing challenge to balance the country’s economic interests against preserving its natural wilderness, protecting some forested lands while allowing for resource extraction elsewhere.
Kilauea, Mauna Loa Volcanoes Shape the Face of Hawaii
Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park reminds humanity that no matter how much it alters the face of the Earth to meet its needs, it has no control when nature decides to unleash its awesome, eruptive powers.
Fire and Rebirth: Landsat Tells Yellowstone's Story
In the summer of 1988, a wildfire ravaged the world's first national park, consuming 1.2 million acres in and around the Greater Yellowstone Park ecosystem.
Landsat Reveals Industrial Growth in Powder River Basin
The expanding coal fields in Wyoming's Powder River Basin serve as prime examples of Landsat's ability to monitor land cover change related to industrial growth across the American landscape.
New Delhi Among Fastest Growing Urban Areas in the World
In a world becoming increasingly urbanized, few cities have seen growth as dramatic as that occurring in India's capital of New Delhi.
Landsat Chronicles Deforestation in Colombia Saudi Wheat Experiment Relied on Fossil Water Landsat Monitors Gypsy Moth Damage Hurricane Sandy Slammed Eastern U.S. Four Years Ago Beauty of Earth Science Revealed Within Great Smoky Mountains Landsat Monitors 1,800-Year-Old Redwoods Kilauea, Mauna Loa Volcanoes Shape the Face of Hawaii Fire and Rebirth: Landsat Tells Yellowstone Landsat Reveals Industrial Growth in Powder River Basin New Delhi Among Fastest Growing Urban Areas in the World

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“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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