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Landsat Missions

Landsat Missions Headlines

Immediately see the latest news specific to the Landsat Missions, such as satellite missions status, data processing updates and announcements, new data products and existing data updates. 

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December 17, 2018 – Landsat Mission Web Site Migration Starts

The Landsat Missions Web Site migration to the more unified USGS-based web site structure has begun. From today, the new USGS Landsat web site URL is www.usgs.gov/landsat

The new USGS-based web site structure has a similar menu structure and contains all the same content and services as before. The content migration effort will continue through early 2019, so for a short time some landsat.usgs.gov/ web pages will remain available. Users are encouraged to update any Landsat Missions Web Site bookmarks for the new site.

Please contact Landsat Customer Services if you are experiencing difficulty locating content. We appreciate your patience during this time.

December 13, 2018- Landsat Level-3 Science Product Samples Available

The USGS has released sample products for the following Landsat Level-3 science products; Burned Area, Fractional Snow Covered Area, and Dynamic Surface Water Extent. 

December 10, 2018 - Special Issue Landsat Update: AGU Meeting Edition

A new Lansdat Update is now available.

December 4, 2018 - Changes Coming to the USGS Landsat Missions Website

Before January 14, 2019, the current Landsat Missions Website (https://landsat.usgs.gov) will be transitioned to a more unified USGS website structure resulting in a new URL for the entire Landsat Missions Website:  www.usgs.gov/landsat.

November 29, 2018- Landsat Level-2 Provisional Surface Temperature Science Product Now Available!

The Landsat Level-2 Provisional Surface Temperature Science Product is now available for download as part of the U.S Landsat Analysis Ready Data tile package.

November 26, 2018 - U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data Processing Resumes

Processing of U.S. Landsat ARD tiles resumed Thursday, November 15, 2018.

November 20, 2018 - Landsat Data Processing Update

Landsat Level-1 data processing has returned to nominal operations. 

November 19, 2018 – Landsat Processing Resumes

On Friday, November 16, 2018, processing of newly acquired Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 scenes was interrupted.

November 16, 2018 - Landsat Processing Unavailable

Newly acquired Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 data processing is currently unavailable.

November 2, 2018 – USGS Program Coordinator Talks Future of Landsat

USGS National Land Imaging Program Coordinator Tim Newman recently shared his perspectives on future Landsat missions.

October 31, 2018 – Sustainable Land Imaging Architecture Study Team Request for Information

The NASA-USGS Architecture Study Team, with acceptance of the Sustainable Land Imaging Joint Steering Group, posted to FedBizOps on October 25, 2018 a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain feedback on future Landsat Missions.

October 26, 2018 - Landsat Science Team 2018 Meetings Summary in Earth Observer

An overview of the 2018 Landsat Science Team meetings was recently published in NASA's The Earth Observer publication.  

October 19, 2018 – Pecora 21 Conference Call for Sessions

Proposals for sessions at the Pecora 21 Conference, which will be held October 6 – 11, 2019 in Baltimore Maryland, are now being accepted. 

October 17, 2018 - Upcoming Processing Interruptions, System Maintenance

Landsat data processing will be halted starting at 12:00 pm CT on Tuesday, October 23, until 12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24 for necessary server upgrades and standard monthly maintenance. 

October 1, 2018 - Successful Landsat 9 Milestone Meeting

The USGS and NASA recently held a successful Landsat 9 Ground System Critical Design Review (GCDR).

September 28, 2018 - Team to Imagine Future Earth Observing Satellite

A joint NASA-USGS Architecture Study Team tasked with imagining the future of Landsat will hold its first meeting at the USGS EROS Center this week.

September 24, 2018 – Landsat 9 Ground System Critical Design Review

The Landsat 9 Ground System Critical Design Review (GCDR) is taking place September 24 & 25th in Brandon, South Dakota.

September 19, 2018 – Landsat - Sentinel 2 Session at Upcoming Conference

The USGS and European Commission will be co-chairing a special session at the 69th International Astronomical Congress in Bremen, Germany on October 3, 2018. 

September 7, 2018 - New U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data Factsheet

The newly-published U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data factsheet is now available from the USGS Publications Warehouse.  

August 29, 2018 - Summer 2018 Landsat Science Team Presentations Now Available

Presentations from the summer Landsat Science Team meeting held August 8-10, 2018 at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences in Boulder, Co are now available.

August 28, 2018 - Landsat Collections Fact Sheet Now Available

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new fact sheet that describes its reorganization of the Landsat archive into a tiered collection structure.

August 23, 2018 - Landsat 1-5 MSS Pre-Collection Data to be Removed

On September 24, 2018, the Pre-Collection Landsat 1-5 Multispectral Scanner (MSS) dataset will be removed from EarthExplorer.

August 22, 2018 - Landsat 9 Element Critical Design Reviews Successfully Completed

Landsat 9 Ground System Element Critical Design Reviews (CDR) were successfully completed in June, July and August for three elements of the ground system: the Landsat Multi-Satellite Operations Center (LMOC), the Ground Network Element (GNE), and the Data Processing and Archive System (DPAS).

August 2, 2018 - USGS Landsat Archive Hits 8 Million 

This week the USGS reached eight million scenes in the USGS Landsat archive. As the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based, moderate-resolution land remote sensing data, the USGS Landsat archive adds over 1,100 scenes each day.

July 18, 2018 - New Landsat Update Issue Published 

Landsat Update Volume 12 Issue 2 includes Landsat 9 milestones, updates on the Landsat Science Team and Landsat Analysis Ready Data, as well as other Landsat topics. 

June 26, 2018 - Landsat Advisory Group undertakes a Landsat Cost Recovery Study

The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have requested a Federal Advisory Committee to review USGS’s current free-and-open policy for user access to Landsat data.

June 25, 2018 - Landsat Sessions at AGU Fall Meeting

A Landsat Session (session ID: 52769) at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting will cover a breadth of topics from how the Landsat mission is operated, to how data is collected, archived and distributed, to what archive, products and data access enhancements are planned. 

June 15, 2018 - Landsat Data Access and Downloads Unavailable; New Acquisitions Delayed

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the EarthExplorer interface will be unavailable from 7:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. CT for scheduled monthly system maintenance. 

June 5, 2018 - U.S. Landsat ARD Special Issue Call for Manuscripts

Remote Sensing is seeking manuscripts for a special issue on the Science of Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) that aims to explore the new generation of Landsat science data products that were released by the USGS in October 2017.

May 23, 2018 - Landsat 9 OLI-2 Instrument Focal Plane Integration

Photos recently shared by Ball Aerospace in Boulder, CO show technicians working on Landsat 9’s Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) instrument in the cleanroom during focal plane integration. 

May 16, 2018 - Landsat MSS Collection 1 Data Now Available

Landsat 1-5 Multispectral Scanner (MSS) Collection 1 Level-1 data are now available to download from the USGS Landsat archive.  

May 15, 2018 - Reminder: 2018 William T. Pecora Award Nominations Accepted through June 15, 2018

The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that have made outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing.

May 7, 2018 - ​Upcoming Data Processing and Download Interruptions

Beginning Monday, May 14, 2018, access to Landsat Collection 1 Level-1 and Level-2 datasets will be intermittently available from all USGS data portals. 

April 25, 2018 - Successful Landsat 9 Mission Review

The Landsat 9 Mission Critical Design Review was held April 17-20, 2018 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. NASA and USGS scientists and engineers provided the Standing Review Board (SRB) a status on all segments including the spacecraft, instruments, launch vehicle, and ground system to date.

April 24, 2018 - Continued Hold on U.S. Landsat ARD Production

The USGS temporarily suspended the production of U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) tiles on March 19,2018 to allow for the integration of two new Landsat Science Products, Surface Temperature and Dynamic Surface Water Extent.

April 20, 2018 - 10th Anniversary of Imagery for Everyone

On April 21, 2008, the USGS officially announced the pursuit of an aggressive schedule to provide users with no charge electronic access to any Landsat scene held in the USGS-managed national archive of global scenes dating back to Landsat 1, launched in 1972.

April 18, 2018 - LGAC Milestone Reached

The ​5 millionth scene received in support of the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) effort has been added into the USGS Landsat archive.

April 10, 2018 –Successful Landsat 9 Ground System Review Held

The USGS and NASA held a Landsat 9 Ground System Preliminary Design Review (GPDR) on March 20-22, 2018 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

March 28, 2018 - Sentinel-2B Data Now Available from USGS EROS

The new Sentinel-2B multispectral imagery is equivalent to the Sentinel-2A data already being acquired to provide potential revisit coverage of the Earth’s global land surfaces every five days. 

March 26, 2018 - Landsat AOI Bulk Metadata Service to be Discontinued

On April 6, 2018, the Landsat Bulk Metadata service for an area-of-interest (AOI) will be removed from the Landsat Missions Website.

March 19, 2018 - Landsat 9 Spacecraft Passes Latest Critical Design Review

Orbital ATK has been given approval to begin building the NASA Landsat 9 spacecraft after completing a comprehensive design review of the mission.

March 14, 2018 - Upcoming Temporary Hold on U.S. Landsat ARD Production

Starting Monday, March 19, 2018, U.S. Landsat ARD tile production will be temporarily suspended to allow for the integration of two new Landsat Science Products, Surface Temperature and Dynamic Surface Water Extent.

March 13, 2018 - Winter 2018 Landsat Science Team Presentations Available

Presentations from the inaugural 2018-2023 Landsat Science Team meeting held February 21-22, 2018 at the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, SD are now available.

March 8, 2018 - William T. Pecora Award Call for Nominations

The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that have made outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing.

March 1, 2018 - Landsat TM "no-Payload Correction Data" Processing Completes

Over 260,000 unique Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) scenes labeled "no-Payload Correction Data (PCD)", acquired between January 1986 and December 1999 and originally downlinked to International Ground Stations, have now been ingested into the Landsat Collection 1 inventory structure.

February 17, 2018 – U.S. Landsat ARD Special Issue Call for Manuscripts

Remote Sensing is seeking manuscripts for a special issue on the Science of Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) that aims to explore the new generation of Landsat science data products that were released by the USGS in October 2017.

February 16, 2018 – Cryocooler for Landsat 9 Thermal Sensor Delivered Ahead of Schedule

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) received the Thermal Infrared Sensor 2 (TIRS-2) Flight Cryocooler for the Landsat 9 TIRS-2 instrument ahead of schedule.

February 8, 2018 - NASA and USGS Celebrate 5 Year Launch Anniversary of Landsat 8

February 11, 2018 will mark the 5th anniversary of the launch of Landsat 8 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 

February 2, 2018 – Landsat 7 completes 100,000th Orbit

Landsat 7 completed its 100,000 orbit of Earth Thursday, February 1. 

January 31, 2018 - First 2018 Issue of Landsat Update Out Now

Landsat Update Volume 12 Issue 1 includes major milestones for Landsat 7, Landsat 8, the ten year anniversary of Landsat data becoming available at no charge, as well as many other Landsat related topics you should know about.

January 30, 2018 - Upcoming Landsat Data Processing Interruption

Landsat Level-1 processing of newly-acquired Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 data will be interrupted from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm CST on Monday, February 5, 2018 for processing system updates.

January 19, 2018 - Landsat Operations Update

In the event that U.S. Federal agencies are confronted with a lapse in appropriations on January 19, 2018, the Landsat 7 and 8 satellites will continue mission essential operations. 

January 3, 2018 - Updated Landsat Spectral Characteristics Viewer

Check out the new and improved Landsat Spectral Characteristics Viewer to determine which satellite bands are best suited for your research application.