Landsat Missions

Landsat Mission Headlines

Read the latest Landsat news about current and future missions, data product updates, sample product availability, and other important announcements. 

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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.