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October 23, 2017 – NASA Awards Landsat 9 Launch Services Contract

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission. (Read More)

Oct 3, 2017 - Landsat Pre-Collection Level-1 Dataset Removal Prompts EarthExplorer Changes

Landsat Pre-Collection Level-1 scenes for Landsat 4-5 TM, Landsat 7 ETM+, and Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS are no longer available for download from EarthExplorer. (Read More)

September 29, 2017 - Upcoming Changes to Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Code

On October 5, 2017, a number of modifications will be made to the Landsat Surface Reflectance Code (LaSRC) to optimize Landsat 8 surface reflectance processing and to improve Landsat 8 surface reflectance quality assessment information. (Read More)

September 25, 2017 - Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) Coming Soon

USGS Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) for the conterminous United States will start becoming available for download in October 2017. (Read More)

September 14, 2017 – Landsat 7 Anomaly Resolution

Engineers have successfully completed recovery efforts of the Landsat 7 Solid State Recorder (SSR) anomaly that occurred on September 13, 2017. The satellite resumed nominal imaging operation as of September 13 (DOY256) at 22:09 UTC (5:09 pm CST) and data are available to download from EarthExplorer, GloVis, or the LandsatLook Viewer. (Read More)

​September 13, 2017 - Landsat 7 Solid State Recorder Anomaly

Early morning September 13, 2017, the Landsat 7 Solid State Recorder (SSR) experienced an anomaly. The Flight Operations Team (FOT) initial analysis of telemetry indicated what is referred to as an "SSR choke anomaly" where the SSR locks up. This condition has occurred multiple times over the past several years. (Read more)

September 12, 2017 - Upcoming Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review

The Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review (PDR), scheduled for September 12-14, 2017, allows for an independent Standing Review Board to understand and determine if all of the components of Landsat 9 are integrated collectively through the preliminary design phase. (Read More)

September 1, 2017 – Countdown to Landsat Pre-Collection Datasets Removal

During the week of October 1, 2017, Landsat 4-5 Thematic Mapper (TM), Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+), and Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI)/ Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Pre-Collection datasets will be removed from EarthExplorer.  Users have been encouraged to proactively use only Landsat Collection 1 datasets in their applications in preparation for this. (Read More)

August 25, 2017 - Landsat 7 Reaches Peak Outer Boundary

Landsat 7 recently reached its peak outermost boundary of 10:14:58 Mean Local Time (MLT) on August 11, 2017, since the final Delta-Inclination (Delta-I) maneuver took place on February 7, 2017. (Read More)

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 - 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 – 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 - 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 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 – Useful updates made to ESPA

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

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 -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)


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