Landsat Missions

Landsat Collection 1 Processing Status

As of February 13, 2017
Landsat 7 ETM+ (1999-2017)
  • Collection 1 Processing Complete!
Landsat 4-5 TM (1982-2012)
  • Collection 1 Processing Complete!
Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS
  • Begin processing February 2017
  • Data available late 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.

Landsat Headlines

February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 - Updated LandsatLook Viewer, New Sentinel2Look Viewer Released

As of February 21, 2017, a new version of the LandsatLook Viewer is available, as is a new Sentinel2Look Viewer, which highlights one of our newest datasets available through a USGS partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). (Read More)

February 07, 2017

February 7, 2017 – Recent Landsat Science Team Meeting Presentations Available

In January 2017, the Landsat Science Team (LST) met to assess the current status of Landsat acquisitions, archive improvements, and product development plans. (Read More)

January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017 - Upcoming Landsat 8 Data Unavailability and Landsat 7 Satellite Maneuver

Upcoming Landsat 8 Data Unavailability and Landsat 7 Satellite Maneuver Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8, 2017.  (Read More)

January 09, 2017

January 9, 2017 – Landsat Science Team: 2016 Summer Meeting Summary

The Landsat Science Team held their biannual meeting in July, 2016, at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. A summary of this meeting was recently published by NASA in The Earth Observer (Volume 28, Issue 6). (Read More)

December 07, 2016

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 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)

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections

Wildfires Ravage Central, South-Central Chile
Wildfires fueled by dry conditions, high temperatures, and strong winds are scorching central Chile at a level Chilean officials say they haven’t seen in decades.
January Rain, Snow Refills California Reservoirs
A decade of drought in California has eased after the first month of 2017 thanks to heavy rains and snow, a fact that Landsat images are helping to confirm.
Argentina Flooding Has Major Impact on Soybean Production
Heavy rains in late December 2016 and early January 2017 are affecting soybean production in Argentina’s bread-basket provinces while impacting soy prices worldwide.
West Africa Atlas Details Efforts to Manage, Preserve Okomu Forest
A new atlas named Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World tells the story of transformations and trends across many lands in West Africa, including this look at the threat of human activities in the Okomu Forest Reserve in southern Nigeria.
Wildfires Scorch Pampas Region of Argentina
Since mid-December 2016, roughly two dozen wildfires in the Pampas region of Argentina have consumed almost 2.5 million acres while unleashing giant plumes of dense smoke above the rural landscapes.
Marree Man Geoglyph in Australia Does Reappearing Act
In June 1998, a pilot discovered a strange sight in the Australian outback that wasn’t there before—a huge outline of what appeared to be an Aboriginal man throwing either a boomerang or a stick.
Rare Snow Falls at the Edge of Sahara Desert
In mid-December 2016, a rarity occurred on the edge of the Sahara Desert in northwest Africa. It snowed.
Expansion at the Port of Rotterdam
A large infrastructure project has changed the shape of the coastline of the Netherlands while increasing the cargo capacity at Europe's largest port.
A Landsat Mosaic for Indiana's Bicentennial
Throughout 2016, Indiana has been celebrating its 200th anniversary of statehood.
As Glaciers Worldwide Are Retreating, One Defies the Trend
Many glaciers around the world are losing ice mass and retreating.
Wildfires Ravage Central, South-Central Chile January Rain, Snow Refills California Reservoirs Argentina Flooding Has Major Impact on Soybean Production West Africa Atlas Details Efforts to Manage, Preserve Okomu Forest Wildfires Scorch Pampas Region of Argentina Marree Man Geoglyph in Australia Does Reappearing Act Rare Snow Falls at the Edge of Sahara Desert Expansion at the Port of Rotterdam A Landsat Mosaic for Indiana As Glaciers Worldwide Are Retreating, One Defies the Trend

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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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