Landsat Missions


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Date published: September 15, 2017

Landsat Images Before and After Harvey Illustrate Flooding in Texas

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Harvey, visit the USGS Hurricane Harvey page at

Date published: April 2, 2017

Landsat Monitors Mining at Center of North America, Near Town of Center

Today, Landsat shows us the evolution of the coal industry near North America & North Dakota’s Center...

Date published: March 27, 2017

Exhibit Fusing Art and Science Coming to Bismarck

Earth as Art, a U.S. Geological Survey traveling exhibit that merges art with dramatic Landsat imagery of the earth’s surface, is coming to Bismarck for the month of April. This display is free and open to the public.

Date published: March 24, 2017

Cambodia Experiences Rapid Rate of Forest Loss

In this week's Landsat view, Landsat 5 and Landsat 8 show how significant Cambodia's deforestation has been in the last few decades.

Date published: March 24, 2017

New “Landsat Collections” Help Facilitate Land Change Science

Access to consistent high-quality images to study changes on Earth’s surface is getting easier. The USGS Landsat standard (Level-1) product inventory is now structured by data quality and offers improved calibration. Data designated as Tier 1 provide the highest accuracy and can be reliably used to analyze changes to Earth’s surface over time.

Date published: March 16, 2017

Landsat Detects Eruptions at Ethiopian Volcano

Our image of the week is of Ethiopia’s erupting Gateway to Hell.

Date published: February 27, 2017

Successful Maneuver Spells Beginning of the End for Landsat 7

On Tuesday, February 7, Landsat 7’s Flight Operations Team fired the spacecraft’s 1-pound thrusters for about 13 minutes. After a pause of about 7½ hours, the thrusters fired a second time for about 13 minutes.This was the last such maneuver for Landsat 7 and the beginning of the end for the satellite, which has provided images of the earth’s changing resources for more than 17 years. 

Date published: February 21, 2017

EarthView–Wildfires Ravage Central, South-Central Chile

Landsat gives us a view of one of the worst wildfires in Chile's history.

Date published: February 13, 2017

Landsat Eyes Help Guard the World’s Forests

“We’re seeing the loss of forests in many places,” said Matthew Hansen, a professor at the University of Maryland. “Dynamics include increasing tropical deforestation, more frequent and severe boreal forest fires, disease in temperate forests and the commoditization of subtropical forests.”

Date published: February 10, 2017

EarthView–January Rain, Snow Refills California Reservoirs

See a decade of California drought ease in this EarthView from Landsat.

Date published: February 9, 2017

EarthView–Argentina Flooding Has Major Impact on Soybean Production

This EarthView from Landsat shows how flooding in Argentina can affect global soybean prices.