Landsat General

The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.In 1972, the launch of ERTS-1 (Earth Resources Technology Satellite, later renamed Landsat 1) started the era of a series of...
Landsat has the optimal ground resolution and spectral bands to efficiently track land use and to document land change due to climate change, urbanization, drought, wildfire, biomass changes (carbon assessments), and a host of other natural and human-...
Landsat is recognized globally to be a unique data set and the standard for land use trends and land change detection. Its community of users is considered to be broad and wide-ranging, touching nearly every field in land management and the terrestrial...
There are no restrictions on Landsat data downloaded from USGS, and it can be used or redistributed as desired. However, a statement of the data source when citing, copying, or reprinting USGS Landsat data or images is recommended.Learn more: Landsat...
You can locate historical Landsat mission documents through the NASA Landsat Legacy Project.  It is an archive of technical, policy, and science related documents with an emphasis on internal technical papers relating to the Landsat missions.
No. While the USGS Landsat archive contains a large number of collected Landsat scenes, some international scenes may not be held in the USGS Landsat archive.  Each ground station in the International Cooperator (IC) network is currently the primary...
Landsat scenes directly downlinked to the EROS Landsat Ground Station become available through EarthExplorer or GloVis within 6 to 24 hours after acquisition.Scenes downlinked to other USGS Ground Stations can be available within 1 to 2 weeks. Scenes...
All Landsat scene identifiers are based on the following naming convention:LXSPPPRRRYYYYDDDGSIVVL = LandsatX = SensorS = SatellitePPP = WRS pathRRR = WRS rowYYYY = YearDDD = Julian day of yearGSI = Ground station identifierVV = Archive version...
Landsat Level 1 Products for all sensors include the individual band files (.TIF).  Additional files are included for each sensor; these are detailed below.All Landsat 8, Landsat 7, Landsat 1-5 MSS, and many Landsat 4-5 TM scenes contain the metadata of...
The U.S. aerospace industry would build the flight, launch, and ground segments as they have always done. In addition, other U.S. companies will continue using Landsat data to build value-added products to sell in various markets. U.S. industry relies on...