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Since 1972, the joint NASA/ U.S. Geological Survey Landsat series of Earth Observation satellites have continuously acquired space-based images of the Earth’s land surface, providing uninterrupted data to help land managers and policymakers make informed decisions about our natural resources and the environment.

Landsat is a part of the USGS National Land Imaging (NLI) Program.

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Landsat Science Products

Landsat Science Products

Landsat Level-2 and Level-3 Science Products contain higher-level data to allow scientists to better document changes to Earth's terrestrial environment.

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U.S. Landsat ARD

U.S. Landsat ARD

U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) are processed to highest scientific standards, and placed in a tile-based structure to support time-series analysis.

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Landsat Collections

Landsat Collections

Landsat Collections ensures that the data in the Landsat Level-1 archive are consistent in processing and data quality to support time-series analyses and data stacking.

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Date published: August 20, 2019

Architecture Study Team Narrowing Options for Landsat Next

What should Landsat 10—what some are calling Landsat Next, the next generation Landsat observing system—look like when it’s launched in the middle to later 2020s? What should its capabilities be? And how might it be different while continuing the same consistency of Earth observations for which its Landsat predecessors are known?

Date published: August 6, 2019

Science Team Tackles Question of Landsat 7’s Future

With the Landsat 9 launch scheduled in less than 18 months, this question about Landsat 7 was posed to the Landsat Science Team (LST) during its June meeting at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

What should be done with the old bird?

Date published: July 22, 2019

New ECCOE publication indicates improved ground control!

A recent publication by the ECCOE Geometry team shows improved accuracy in ground control by deploying a triangulation method on a continent by continent basis.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Bundle adjustment using space based triangulation method for improving the Landsat global ground reference

There is an ever-increasing interest and need for accurate geo-registration of remotely sensed data products to a common global geometric reference. Although the geo-registration has improved significantly in the last decade, the lack of an accurate global ground reference dataset poses serious issues for data providers seeking to make...

Choate, Michael; Storey, James C.; Rengarajan, R.; Choate, Michael J.

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Year Published: 2019

Landsat 9

Landsat 9 is a partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that will continue the Landsat program’s critical role of repeat global observations for monitoring, understanding, and managing Earth’s natural resources. Since 1972, Landsat data have provided a unique resource for...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2019, Landsat 9 (ver. 1.1, May 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019-3008, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193008.

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Year Published: 2019

Landsat: The cornerstone of global land imaging

Since 1972, the joint NASA/ U.S. Geological Survey Landsat series of Earth Observation satellites have provided an uninterrupted space-based data record of the Earth’s land surface to help advance scientific research towards the understanding of our planet and the environmental impact of its inhabitants. Early Landsat satellites offered a wealth...

Butcher, Ginger; Barnes, Christopher; Owen, Linda