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What band combination is used for Landsat browse images?

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What band combination is used for Landsat browse images?

Answer:

Landsat browse images are displayed as false color composites using the following band combinations:

Landsat 8 OLI: Bands 6, 5, and 4. Pixels are resampled from the original 30 meter data to 180 meters.

Landsat 7 ETM+ SLC-off (July 2003 to present): Bands 5, 4, and 3, with a 2 percent linear stretch applied. Pixels are resampled from the original 30 meter data to 180 meters.

Landsat 7 ETM+ SLC-on (July 1999-June 2003) and Landsat 4-5 TM: Bands 5, 4, and 3, with a 2 percent linear stretch applied. Pixels are resampled from the original 28.5 meter (TM) or 30 meter (ETM+) data resolution to 240 meters and are color-stretched based on individual scene content.

Landsat 4-5 MSS: Bands 4, 2, and 1, with a 2 percent linear stretch applied.

Landsat 1-3 MSS: Bands 7, 5, and 4, with a 2 percent linear stretch applied.

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