Landsat Missions

Landsat 4-5 TM, Landsat 7 ETM+, and Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS Collection 1 Processing Complete!

Effective April 30, 2017, newly-acquired Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 data are processed into the Collection 1 archive only.

Landsat 8, Landsat 7, and Landsat 4-5 TM Pre-Collection inventory will no longer be available after October 1, 2017.
Users are encouraged to transition to Landsat Collection 1 data for use in their applications.

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August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 – Upcoming Solar Eclipse & Landsat Acquisitions

As Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 orbit the earth and acquire data, the Landsat Flight Operations Team (FOT) engineers had to determine if and how the upcoming August 21 solar eclipse would affect Landsat acquisitions over the United States. (Read More)

July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017 - Celebrating Forty-Five Years of Landsat

On July, 23 2017, the Landsat Program will celebrate forty-five years of continuous Earth observation. NASA — working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and its science agency, the USGS — launched the first Landsat satellite (originally named Earth Resources Technology Satellite 1) on July 23, 1972. (Read More)

July 20, 2017

July 20, 2017 – Landsat Science Team Presentations Available

Presentations from the Landsat Science Team meeting recently held at the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota are now available.

July 13, 2017

July 13, 2017 - Future Landsat Missions RFI Deadline Extended

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is requesting information from the land imaging community for user requirements for future Landsat systems and are accepting submissions until August 4, 2017. (Read More)

July 06, 2017

July 6, 2017 – Over Seven Million Landsat Scenes Now Available in the USGS Archive

The Landsat archive, the world’s longest continuously acquired collection of space-based, moderate-resolution land remote sensing data, has now surpassed 7 million scenes since Landsat 1 first began collecting data in July 1972. (Read More)

June 30, 2017 – Celebrating Forty-Five Years of Landsat Acquisitions

On July, 23 2017, the Landsat Program will celebrate forty-five years of continuous Earth observation. During the month of July, we will be highlighting Landsat related facts, trivia and images using #Landsat45 on social media outlets. Follow us to join in the celebration.  (Read More)

June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017 – Useful updates made to ESPA

EROS Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) users now have the ability to cancel orders. (Read More)

June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017 – Landsat Multi-Mission Operations Contractor Selected

USGS and NASA are celebrating a significant milestone after selecting General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) to combine the flight operations of Landsat 8 and Landsat 9. (Read More)

June 20, 2017 – Pecora 20 Conference Deadlines Approaching

Abstracts and workshop proposals for the Pecora 20 Conference are due July 1, 2017. The conference will be held November 14-16, 2017 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Read More)
 

June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017 -Request for Information for Future Landsat Missions

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is requesting information from the land imaging community for user requirements for future Landsat systems. (Read More)

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections

Fire in Greenland
It may seem surprising that wildfires burn in Greenland, a huge island of ice and glaciers.
Batagaika Crater and the Megaslump
An increasingly large gash has opened up in northern Russia's Siberian tundra. During the past few decades, warmer summers and shorter winters have caused permafrost in this region to thaw, which then allows the warmed soils on slopes to slump and erode.
Iceberg Separates from Larsen C Ice Shelf
Around July 10–12, 2017, in the middle of the long, dark Antarctic winter, a rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf broke through the last few miles of ice to the Weddell Sea and formed a new iceberg.
Fires in the Western United States
On an average day during the fire season, multiple wildfires burn in the western United States. For example, 216 fires were active on July 7, 2017.
7 Million Landsat Scenes and Counting!
The Landsat archive, the world’s longest continuously acquired collection of space-based, moderate-resolution land remote sensing data, has now surpassed 7 million scenes since Landsat 1 first began collecting data in July 1972.
Mount Pinatubo, Philippines, Erupted 26 Years Ago
Mount Pinatubo had likely been dormant for hundreds of years.
Monitoring Deforestation in the Amazon
Large areas within the Amazon rain forest have undergone large-scale deforestation over the past few decades, and Landsat has helped record this widespread land change.
Landsat 8 Scenes Top 1 Million
How many pictures have you taken with your smartphone? Too many to count? However many it is, Landsat 8 probably has you beat.
Okefenokee Fire Continues to Burn
A wildfire ignited by lightning in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on April 6, 2017, is persisting into May.
Landsat Views Massive Solar Energy Farms
Solar energy is booming worldwide, and these Landsat 8 images show three large solar energy farms.
Fire in Greenland Batagaika Crater and the Megaslump Iceberg Separates from Larsen C Ice Shelf Fires in the Western United States 7 Million Landsat Scenes and Counting! Mount Pinatubo, Philippines, Erupted 26 Years Ago Monitoring Deforestation in the Amazon Landsat 8 Scenes Top 1 Million Okefenokee Fire Continues to Burn Landsat Views Massive Solar Energy Farms

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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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