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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)