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Landsat Mission Headlines

Read the latest Landsat news about current and future missions, data product updates, sample product availability, and other important programatic announcements.

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October 25, 2021 — ESPA now includes Landsat Collection 2 Normalized Difference Snow Index

A new science product easily separates snow from vegetation in processed Landsat Collection 2 scenes from 1982 to present. (Read more)

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 the morning of Friday, October 15, 2021. (Read more)

October 5, 2021 Landsat 9 Power-Positive and Proceeding Smoothly Through On-Orbit Checkout

Landsat 9 successfully launched on Monday, Sept 27, 2021 at 11:12 a.m. PDT and is now proceeding smoothly and accordingly through its scheduled on-orbit checkout period. (Read more)

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. (Read more)

September 22, 2021 — EROS, Landsat 9 Ground System Ready for Launch

The launch of Landsat 9 in late September of 2021 represents a major milestone for a five-decade partnership between NASA and the USGS that continues to set the standard for high-quality Earth observation. (Read more)

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. (Read more)

September 17, 2021 - Historic Prototype Viewers to be Decommissioned

On October 15, 2021, the USGS is retiring the LandsatLook 1.0 (now LandLook) and Sentinel2Look prototype viewers. (Read more)

September 17, 2021 — Landsat 9: Payloads stacked atop Atlas V for launch

The Landsat 9 spacecraft that will continue an unbroken, decades-long record of observing the changes of planet Earth and a CubeSat rideshare package are mounted atop the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. (Read more)

September 16, 2021 — Landsat Collection 2 U.S. Analysis Ready Data Now Available

Landsat Collection 2 (C2) U.S. Analysis Ready Data (ARD) are now available to download from the USGS. C2 ARD are tiled, georegistered, top of atmosphere, and atmospherically corrected products defined in a common projection that make the Landsat archive more accessible, easier to analyze, and reduce the amount of time users spend on data processing for time-series analysis. (Read more)

September 7, 2021 — Landsat 9: Dress Rehearsal of Launch Day Completed

Putting the launch team, rocket and California pad to the test, United Launch Alliance (ULA) spent Friday rehearsing the countdown to launch an Atlas V and the Landsat 9 spacecraft to continue building the longest satellite record of its kind to map natural and human-induced changes to the Earth's surface. (Read more)

September 3, 2021 — Landsat Collection 2 Level-2 Atmospheric Auxiliary Data Now Available

Atmospheric auxiliary data used in the processing of Landsat Collection 2 Level-2 products are available for download to enable users to generate their own Level-2 surface reflectance and surface temperature products from Collection 2 Level-1 calibrated data using custom algorithms. (Read more)

August 25, 2021 — Experience the Landsat 9 Launch!

The Landsat 9 satellite is on schedule to launch on September 16 from Vandenberg Space Force Base near Lompoc, California. The city of Lompoc has declared the week of September 12 as "Landsat Week’. (Read more)

August 20, 2021 — Landsat 9 Stowed and Sealed for Delivery to Orbit

As reported in a recent NASA News Release, the Landsat 9 observatory has been encapsulated in the fairing of the Atlas V 401 rocket that will deliver it into orbit this September. (Read more)

August 19, 2021 — Landsat 9 Passes Last Key Decision Point Before Launch

As reported in a recent NASA News Release, the Landsat 9 project passed its final major lifecycle approval gateway on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. (Read more)

July 29, 2021 — Landsat Science Team Meets to Discuss Landsat 9

The Landsat Science Team met recently to hear from NASA and the USGS on the readiness of supporting systems for the upcoming launch of Landsat 9, which is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Thursday, September 16, 2021. (Read more)

July 28, 2021 — Pecora 22 Call for Special Session Proposals

Session proposals for the 22nd William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium (Pecora 22) are due August 27, 2021. Pecora 22 will be held in Denver, Colorado October 23 – 28, 2022. (Read more)

July 22, 2021 — Landsat 9 Arrives at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Preparation for Launch

As reported in a recent NASA News Release, the Landsat 9 satellite arrived at Vandenberg Space Force Base on the central coast of California on July 7, 2021. (Read more)

July 8, 2021 - Get Crafty with Landsat

NASA Invites You to Create Landsat-Inspired Arts and Crafts. (Read more)

July 7, 2021 - ESPA now includes Collection 2 Spectral Indices and Services

A new software release to the EROS Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) On Demand Interface includes Landsat Collection 2 spectral indices and services. (Read more)

July 6, 2021-New Data Access Tool Offers Faster, More User-Friendly Landsat Experience

A new and improved data tool released by the USGS, known as LandsatLook 2.0 Viewer, will make it easier and faster to access earth imagery and simpler to analyze through the use of cloud-based systems. (Read more)

June 21, 2021 - Landsat Update: June 2021

A new issue of the Landsat Update is available.  In this issue, you'll find details on how new technology is being used in relation to the Landsat 9 launch, important information about Landsat Collection 1, updates to Landsat data products and tools, upcoming meetings, and other Landsat-related news. (Read more)

June 9, 2021 - Landsat Collection 1 Forward Processing to Cease at the End of 2021

Starting January 1, 2022, all new Landsat acquisitions will be processed into the Collection 2 inventory structure only. Users are encouraged to migrate their workflow to Landsat Collection 2 at their earliest convenience. (Read more)

March 26, 2021 - Reprocessing of Landsat 8 Data Acquired from November 2020 to February 2021 is Now Complete

New Landsat 8 Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) calibration parameters were successfully used to reprocess acquisitions from November 1, 2020 to February 19, 2021 into Collection 2 and Collection 1 products. (Read more)

February 25, 2021 - Reprocessing of Landsat 8 data acquired from November 2020 to February 2021

As previously announced in previous headlines, USGS and NASA calibration and validation engineers observed a slow reduction in the radiometric response from Landsat 8's Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) after ​November 01, 2020. Reprocessing efforts will begin on March 1, 2021. (Read more)

February 16, 2021 - Landsat Collection 2 Reprocessing of Landsat 8 Images Acquired in 2015

During Landsat Collection 2 data processing in 2020, several Landsat 8 images acquired from November 1 and November 2, 2015 were processed to Level-1 products with misaligned Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) spectral bands. These images were quickly identified and removed from the USGS archive soon after the release of Collection 2 on December 1, 2020.  (Read more)

February 9, 2021 - 2021 William T. Pecora Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Nominations for the 2020 William T. Pecora Award are now being accepted through May 14, 2021. The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that have made outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. (Read more)

January 29, 2021 - Update on Upcoming Reprocessing of Landsat 8 Data

The Landsat Calibration and Validation Team will continue monitoring the TIRS instrument response with higher frequency calibration collects through the end of February 2021. (Read more)

January 20, 2021 - New Landsat Update - January 2021

Learn about Landsat Collection 2, the new Mission Operation Center at USGS/EROS, Landsat Mission Status and more. (Read more)

January 14, 2021 - Upcoming Reprocessing of Recently Acquired Landsat 8 Data

Since ​November 2020, NASA and USGS calibration and validation engineers have observed a slow reduction in radiometric response from Landsat 8's Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). The current impact is that TIRS's image products are 1 to 3 percent ​colder than expected. (Read more)

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