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February 4, 2020 – Landsat Science Team Meeting in Arizona

The 2018-2023 Landsat Science Team is convening for their Winter meeting Tuesday, February 4 through Thursday, February 6 at the Arizona State Office, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Phoenix, Arizona. (Read more)

January 17, 2020 - Latest Landsat 8 Safehold Update

On December 19, 2019 at approximately 12:23 UTC, Landsat 8 experienced a spacecraft constraint which triggered entry into a Safehold. The Landsat 8 Flight Operations Team recovered the satellite from the event on December 20, 2019 (DOY 354). Since December 31, 2019 (DOY 365), the Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) has resumed nominal on-orbit operations and ground station processing, and all data achieve pre-Safehold quality. (Read more)

January 16, 2020 - Upcoming  Landsat 8 Bias Parameter File Regeneration

Starting Tuesday, January 21, 2020, all Landsat 8 Bias Parameter Files (BPFs) created prior to December 5, 2019 will be removed from the Landsat Bias Parameter Files search page and regenerated in preparation for Landsat Collection 2.  The BPFs are being updated to incorporate minor changes made to the Calibration Parameter Files (CPFs), which are used in the generation of BPFs.  The updated BPFs will be regenerated from oldest to newest, up until December 4, 2019. This activity is expected to take approximately 2 weeks. (Read more)

January 13, 2020 - Landsat 9: The Pieces Come Together

Landsat 9’s two science instruments are now attached to the spacecraft, bringing the mission one step closer to launch. In late December, the Operational Land Imager 2 (OLI-2) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor 2 (TIRS-2) were both mechanically integrated on to the spacecraft bus at Northrop Grumman in Gilbert, Arizona. (Read more)

January 3, 2020 - Recent Landsat 8 Safehold Update

On December 19, 2019 at approximately 12:23 UTC, Landsat 8 experienced a spacecraft constraint which triggered entry into a Safehold. The Landsat 8 Flight Operations Team recovered the satellite from the event on December 20, 2019 (DOY 354). The spacecraft resumed nominal on-orbit operations and ground station processing on December 22, 2019 (DOY 356). (Read more)

Dec 23, 2019 – Recent Landsat 7 Data Recorder Anomaly

The Solid State Recorder (SSR), a component of Landsat 7’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) sensor, experienced a “choke anomaly” early December 17, 2019 (DOY 351). (Read more)

Dec 22, 2019 – Landsat 8 Safe Mode Latest Update

The spacecraft has resumed nominal on-orbit operations and ground station processing. Real-Time data products from the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) are available for download but remain provisional. (Read more)

Dec 21, 2019 – Landsat 8 Safe Mode Update

On December 19, 2019 at approximately 12:23 UTC, Landsat 8 experienced a spacecraft constraint which triggered entry into its safe mode. (Read more)

Dec 20, 2019 – Landsat 8 Currently in Safe Mode

On December 19, 2019 at approximately 12:23 UTC, Landsat 8 experienced a spacecraft constraint which triggered entry into its safe mode. This occurred while initiating an off-nadir nighttime acquisition for fire monitoring. (Read more)

December 16, 2019 - Ice in Motion: Satellites Capture Decades of Change

New time-lapse videos of Earth’s glaciers and ice sheets as seen from space – some spanning nearly 50 years – are providing scientists with new insights into how the planet’s frozen regions are changing. (Read more)

December 13, 2019 - Meet the USGS Landsat Project Scientist and Landsat Science Team Co-Chair

Chris Crawford likes to say his roles with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as a research physical scientist, the Landsat Project Scientist, and co-chair of the Landsat Science Team are akin to staring down a foot of snow on the driveway. (Read more)

November 15, 2019 - Celebrating 40 years of Landsat at the Alice Springs Ground Station

Since 1979, the ground station in Alice Springs, Australia has been receiving data from the Landsat missions. (Read more)

November 12, 2019 – Recent Landsat 7 Data Recorder Anomaly

The Solid State Recorder (SSR), a component of Landsat 7’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) sensor, experienced a “choke anomaly” late October 28, into early October 29, 2019 (DOY 302). This interruption to the satellite’s planned acquisitions lasted just over 5 hours. (Read more)

November 11, 2019 –USGS Report Updates Economic Value of Landsat Archive

A new USGS report estimates an increase in the domestic and international economic benefits to society provided by the Landsat archive to about $3.45 billion in 2017, compared to $2.19 billion in 2011. (Read more)

October 15, 2019 - Landsat Burned Area and Fractional Snow Covered Area Science Products are now available from 1984-present

The Landsat Level-3 Burned Area and Fractional Snow Covered Area Science Products are now available from 1984 - present. Previously, these two science products were only available from 1984 - 2017. (Read more)

October 2, 2019 - Acquisitions of Landsat 8 Data in Lower Truncation Mode

Between September 12, 2019 and December 22, 2019, a number of Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) scenes are being acquired in lower truncation mode.  (Read more)

September 30 - New Landsat Update Special Issue: Collection 2 Sample Products

A new issue of the Landsat Update has been posted to the Landsat Missions website. (Read more)

September 17, 2019 – Landsat Calibration and Validation Meeting in South Dakota

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD, is hosting a Technical Interchange Meeting for the EROS Cal/Val Center of Excellence (ECCOE) on September 18–19. (Read more) 

September 13, 2019 - Landsat Collection 2 Sample Products Now Available

The USGS has been finalizing the definition, production timeline, and public availability of Landsat Collection 2 Level-1 and Level-2 products. Landsat Collection 2 will improve data quality and provide more accurate information for use in land change analysis, resulting in more informed decision-making. (Read more)

September 9, 2019 - New Landsat Infrared Instrument Ships from NASA

The Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 (#TIRS-2) has passed its tests at NASA Goddard and was shipped to Arizona where it will be integrated onto the Landsat9 spacecraft. (Read more)

August 21, 2019 – Pecora 21 Registration Now Open!

The Pecora 21 Conference will be held October 6-11 in Baltimore, MD in conjunction with 38th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE-38). (Read more)

August 15, 2019 - Landsat Collection 2: Documentation and Sample Products Available

The USGS have made Landsat Collection 2 Level-1 Data Format Control Books (DFCBs) available to the user community.

July 25, 2019 - Daily MODIS and VIIRS NDVI Products Now Available in ESPA

Daily NDVI products derived from NASA surface reflectance datasets are now available for processing from the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) On Demand Interface.

July 24, 2019 - New Landsat Update Now Available

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

June 24, 2019 Registration for ARD19, the Second ARD workshop on Remote Sensing Data Interoperability, is now open

The Second ARD Workshop on Remote Sensing Data Interoperability is taking place on August 5-7th in Menlo Park, CA at the USGS Menlo Park Campus.

June 19, 2019 – Landsat Science Team Meeting in South Dakota

The 2018-2023 Landsat Science Team is convening for their summer meeting Wednesday, June 19 through Friday, June 21 at the USGS EROS Center near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Read more)

June 18, 2019  Landsat Advisory Group Releases Report on Data Cost Sharing Models

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee Landsat Advisory Group (LAG) has released a report recommending that the Department of the Interior not implement fees for data with the characteristics of Landsat 8 and 9. (Read more)

June 12, 2019 Landsat Science Team Member Feng Gao Wins 2018 Arthur S. Flemming Award

Dr. Feng Gao, Research Physical Scientist from the Agricultural Research Service/US Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland has won a 2018 Arthur S. Flemming Award for Applied Science and Engineering in recognition of his original research in the application of remote sensing for crop and vegetation monitoring. (Read more)

May 22, 2019 – Landsat Update Special Issue Highlights New Science Products

Landsat Level-2 products include Surface Reflectance and Provisional Surface Temperature. Level-3 products include Dynamic Surface Water Extent, Fractional Snow Covered Area, and Burned Area. Access this Landsat Update for highlights on these products, to read documentation and download these data.

May 10, 2019 – Landsat Collection 2 Summary and Sample Metadata Now Available

The USGS is currently finalizing the Landsat Collection 2 product definition structure, production timeline and public availability. (Read More)

April 30, 2019 Landsat 9 Fact Sheet Now Available

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. (Read More)

April 26, 2019 - Landsat 9 Thermal Instrument Completes Baseline Thermal Vac Test

Landsat 9’s Thermal Infrared Sensor 2, known as TIRS-2, successfully completed its baseline thermal vacuum testing. (Read More)

April 18, 2019 Maxar and NASA Successfully Complete Design Review for Restore-L On-Orbit Servicing Spacecraft Bus

Maxar Technologies, a U.S.-based global technology innovator powering the new space economy, today announced that the spacecraft bus it is building for NASA’s Restore-L project to refuel a satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has completed an important review process called the Critical Design Review (CDR). (Read More)

April 16, 2019 - William T. Pecora Award Call for Nominations Reminder

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 William T. Pecora Award through May 1, 2019. (Read More)

April 15, 2019: NASA, USGS Celebrate 20-Year Launch Anniversary of Landsat 7

Launched on this day 20 years ago, April 15, 1999, National Aeronautics and Space Administration  (NASA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS)’s seventh satellite in the long-running Landsat program launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a Delta II rocket. (Read More)

March 26, 2019 – Upcoming Data Downloads and Access Interruption

From 12:00 pm CDT on Friday, March 29, 2019 to 12:00 pm CDT on Monday, April 1, 2019, USGS downloads of all Landsat data products and access to USGS data searching portals (EarthExplorer, GloVis and LandsatLook) will be unavailable.

Please note, new Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 data acquired during this time frame will be processed and made available for download after systems resume nominal operations on Monday April 1.

March 14, 2019 - Upcoming Webinar - Mapping Burned Areas from the Landsat Archive

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT, the Southern Fire Exchange (SFE) will be hosting a Landsat-focused webinar: “Mapping burned areas from the Landsat archive: A new way of monitoring fire occurrence across the United States, and a southern example for fire management applications.” (Read More)

March 1, 2019 – Remote Sensing Special Issue Highlights Landsat Analysis Ready Data

Remote Sensing, an open access journal, recently published a special issue titled Science of Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD). (Read More)

February 28, 2019 - Landsat the Cornerstone of Global Land Imaging

An article recently published in GIM International magazine looks at how the use of Landsat data has evolved over time to become a cornerstone of global land imaging with broad societal benefits. (Read More)

February 26, 2019 - Pecora 21 Conference Abstract Extension

Abstracts for the Pecora 21 conference will now be accepted until March 11, 2019. Visit the Pecora 21 website for more information about the conference themes and special sessions and to submit your abstract.

February 25, 2019 - First in a Series of Landsat 9 Ground Readiness Tests Successful

In mid-February, the Landsat 9 Ground System development team executed the first in a series of Ground Readiness Tests (Read More)

February 22, 2019 - New Edition of Landsat Benefits Book Available for Download

A 2018 edition of a book that outlines the benefits of the joint NASA/USGS Landsat program is now available for download. (Read More)

February 20, 2019 - William T. Pecora Award Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 William T. Pecora Award through May 1, 2019. (Read More)

February 13, 2019 - New Landsat Level-3 Products Released

The USGS has developed research-quality, applications-ready, Landsat Level-3 Science Products that are now available for download from EarthExplorer.  (Read More)

February 4, 2019 - Pecora 21 Conference Abstract Deadline Extended

Abstracts for the Pecora 21 Conference will now be accepted until February 25, 2019.  Please visit the Pecora 21 website for more information about the conference and to submit your abstract.

February 1, 2019 - Landsat Session at Pecora 21

A Landsat Session at the Pecora 21 Conference will cover how improvements to the quality and usability of the USGS Landsat archive have greatly reduced the preparatory work necessary for application scientists, land managers, and policymakers to do time series investigative analysis tied to monitoring and assessing landscape change (Read More).

January 28, 2019 - Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 Data Processing Status

During the government shutdown Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 continually acquired data that were downlinked and archived at USGS EROS. The data were processed to the initial Real-Time (RT) collection tier, however calibration updates (Landsat 7 bumper mode and definitive ephemeris; Landsat 8 thermal line of sight model) to process the scenes into Tier 1 or Tier 2 were not able to be performed. Reprocessing of Landsat 8 data to Tier 1 or Tier 2 will begin Tuesday January 29; Landsat 7 reprocessing is planned to begin later this week.