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December 5-9, 2016 - Landsat Ground Station Operators Meeting

The 45th Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group Meeting is being held December 5-9 in Libreville, Gabon. Members from USGS EROS, International Cooperators, and various partners will discuss topics related to Landsat Missions. (Read More)

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)

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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 - 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 – 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 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 - 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 – 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.

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)

June 20, 2016 – New Landsat Update Available

Landsat Update Volume 10 Issue 3 provides details about the upcoming Landsat Collection 1 reprocessing timeline and modified sample data links. Also included is important information about upcoming changes to the Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance data processing algorithm.

June 17, 2016 - New Landsat-derived Global Land Cover Data Available

A new 30-meter Global Land Cover data product is now available to download. The new product consists of layers of circa-2010 tree cover and bare ground, as well as persistent surface water layer 2000-2012 and is derived from Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) data.The Global Land Cover layers are the results of collaboration between the USGS and Univ. of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences.

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June 10, 2016 - Upcoming Interruption

This site will experience a brief interruption from 8:00 to 10:00 pm CT on Friday, June 10, 2016 for network maintenance.

May 31, 2016 - Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 Instrument Cryocooler Contract Awarded for Landsat 9

NASA has awarded a sole source contract to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation of Boulder, Colorado, for the Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 (TIRS-2) instrument Cryocooler for Landsat 9. See here for more details.

May 24, 2016 - JACIE 2016 Meeting Materials Available

Presentations and other meeting materials from the 2016 Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) Workshop are now available. Landsat-related topics include the performance of lifetime statistics derived relative gains for Landsat 8 OLI, and the radiometric and geometric comparisons of Landsat 8 to Sentinel-2A Multispectral Imager.

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May 17, 2016 - Landsat 7, Landsat 5 Collection 1 Level-1 Sample Data Available

Collection 1 Level-1 sample data products for Landsat 7 and Landsat 5 are now available. Users are encouraged to analyze these samples and contact User Services with any questions or feedback.

May 13, 2016 – Upcoming Web site Unavailability

Starting at 2 pm on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the Landsat Web site will become unavailable due to maintenance activities. Maintenance will be completed by 10 am on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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