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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)

January 15, 2015 - Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment

The Landsat Advisory Group of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee is a team of commercial, state/local government, and NGO geospatial information experts. The group recently updated a critical review of the value of Landsat information that has recently been released to the public. The story can be found on the USGS Science Features webpage.

April 22, 2008 - The U.S. House of Representatives honors Landsat on Earth Day.

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives honored the Landsat missions by entering a resolution that expressed appreciation to all contributing scientists, engineers, and program personnel for the first 35 years of the Landsat program and urged continuation of the Landsat program for another 35 years. For details of the resolution, please see H. Res. 891. .pdf (27.1 KB)


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. Landsat images are also invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief.


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