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Date published: December 9, 2020

USGS Supports the 2020 National Space Policy

In support of the President’s policy, USGS and NASA will leverage their full technological abilities to meet the nation’s growing environmental information needs.

Date published: December 9, 2020

Landsat 8 Data Affected by Safeholds Being Reprocessed

As announced in this November 19 Landsat Headline, Landsat 8 data affected by two satellite safeholds in November were processed into Real-Time products until additional calibration parameters could be applied.

Date published: December 9, 2020

December 9, 2020 – Immediate Change in Landsat Headlines RSS Notifications

Effective immediately, the Landsat Headlines RSS notifications will be changing.

Date published: December 7, 2020

December 7, 2020 - New Landsat Update Special Issue: Landsat Collection 2 Now Available

A new issue of the Landsat Update has been posted to the Landsat Missions website.

Date published: December 2, 2020

Every Pixel in its Place: How Collections Unlock the Potential of the Landsat Archive

Landsat satellite data have never been as valuable or as useful to the science and applications community as they are today.

Landsat research was once largely a before-and-after affair, in which scientists would compare one date of imagery to another to find differences on the landscape.

Date published: December 2, 2020

USGS Releases the Most Advanced Landsat Archive to Date

USGS sets earth observation precedent with Landsat Collection 2 Dataset.

Date published: December 1, 2020

EROS Releases Collection 2, Boosting Cloud Access, Accuracy, Value of Landsat Archive

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is pleased to announce the December release of Landsat Collection 2, the most significant upgrade to the Landsat archive to date.

Date published: November 13, 2020

Newly Released Elevation Dataset Highlights Value, Importance of International Partnerships

A new, freely-available digital elevation dataset born of international collaboration has the potential to improve the quality of Landsat and Sentinel satellite data, bolster interoperability across a wide range of satellite systems, and will offer immediate benefits to elevation modeling both within and outside the USGS.

Date published: September 11, 2020

Landsat Science Team Member: Satellites Can Play Greater Role in Informing Global Policies

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that scientists and engineers are constantly pushing the envelope to improve remote-sensing data and their utility, says Matt Hansen, a Landsat Science Team (LST) member and professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Date published: August 25, 2020

Lunar Calibration with Landsat

The next full moon will come on September 2, 2020. And when you look up to see it, so will Landsat 8. As probably the most accurate Earth imaging satellite system, Landsat has multiple ways of calibrating data to ensure its accuracy and interoperability with other satellites. One of the strategies the calibration engineers use is lunar calibration.

Date published: August 17, 2020

Landsat 7 Flight Operations Team Celebrates Eight Straight Years of No Operator Errors

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat 7 Flight Operations Team achieved nothing less than a major milestone in mid-July of 2020. For eight straight years, they had not one operator error. Not one.

Date published: July 15, 2020

Tracking Change Across Time and Space with LCMAP

The U.S. Geological Survey took a bold step toward documenting change across the landscape with the launch of the first Landsat satellite in 1972. Since then, the orbiters have collected nearly five decades of imagery.