National Land Imaging Program


Our Nation’s economic security and environmental vitality rely on continuous monitoring of the Earth’s continents, islands, and coastal regions in order to record, study, and understand land change at local, regional, and global scales. The USGS National Land Imaging (NLI) Program helps meet this need.

Image of the Week

Image of the Week

Fissures opened on the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Sept. 19, 2021, marking its first eruption since 1971. Our latest video offers Landsat 8's view of the volcanic activity. 

La Palma

Landsat 9 Road to Launch

Landsat 9 Road to Launch

Landsat 9 is a partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Learn about the process of building Landsat 9 and how it extends Landsat's unbroken record of our planet to over half a century.

Road to Launch

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Follow these links to learn more about our remote sensing research partnerships, how to access and download data, our image collections, news articles, and more.

National Imagery Summit

National Land Imaging Program Fact Sheet

Landsat Missions

Landsat Benefits, State By State

Image Collections

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2020 Remote Sensing Satellite Compendium

Landsat's Legacy


Date published: October 12, 2021

Reminder: Historic Prototype Viewers to be Decommissioned

As reported on September 17, 2021, the USGS is retiring the original LandsatLook 1.0 (now LandLook) and Sentinel2Look viewers at the end of the work day on Thursday, October 14,...

Date published: October 1, 2021

Landsat 9 Reaches Orbit, Makes Ground Contact to Continue Legacy

Landsat 9 is functioning as expected after its successful launch at 1:12 p.m. CT Monday, Sept. 27, from Vandenberg Space Force Base to join its two predecessors in orbit.

The Earth-observing satellite separated from the Atlas V rocket at 2:34 p.m. and made contact about 80 minutes later with the ground station at Svalbard, Norway.

Date published: September 21, 2021

NASA TV to Air Landsat 9 Launch, Prelaunch Activities

NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the Landsat 9 satellite, a joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission that will continue the legacy of monitoring Earth’s land and coastal regions that began with the first Landsat satellite in 1972.


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South Dakota and Landsat

Few states derive as much of their social and economic well-being from the land as South Dakota. Agriculture is the State’s primary industry. Hunting, fishing, tourism, mining, and hydroelectric power are also important economic and cultural drivers. Data from the U.S. Geological Survey Landsat program, archived at the U.S. Geological Survey Earth...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, South Dakota and Landsat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3035, 2 p.,

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California and Landsat

California has remarkable geographic diversity, from 1,100 miles of Pacific shoreline to 33 million acres of trees, including its famous redwood forests along the Pacific Coast Highway, U.S. Route 101. And although California’s nickname is “The Golden State," it may also deserve the title of “The Extreme State.” Mount Whitney, the highest peak in...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, California and Landsat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3034, 2 p.,

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System characterization of Earth observation sensors

This U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report provides information from assessments of Earth observation sensors completed by the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Cal/Val Center of Excellence. These reports are provided as independent measures of basic system performance by the Earth Resources Observation and Science...

Ramaseri Chandra, Shankar N.
Ramaseri Chandra, S.N., comp., 2021, System characterization of Earth observation sensors: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1030, [variously paged],