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Landsat Missions

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

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

Landsat Headlines

  • The latest news about Landsat missions, data products, and data access. 

Landsat Project Documents 

  • Policy, data, and Landsat processing systems-specific documents. 

Landsat Project Statistics

  • Updated quarterly to show the growth of the USGS Landsat data archive and data distribution.

Landsat Updates

  • The latest news about Landsat activities and related topics of interest.

Landsat Ground Network Stations (LGN)

  • The primary downlinking facilities for USGS Landsat satellite missions.

Landsat International Ground Station (IGS) Network

  • Worldwide cooperators receiving Landsat data via direct reception and downlink. 

Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC)

  • The effort that started in 2010 to consolidate Landsat data acquired at ground stations around the world in the USGS archive. 

Landsat FAQs

  • Frequently asked questions about Landsat Program, its satellite missions, and the resulting data products. 

 

News

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Landsat 8 Currently in Safehold

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'Next' to Continue the NASA/USGS Landsat Legacy

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Landsat Satellites Operated from EROS for First Time

Publications

Landsat Collection 2 Level-3 Fractional Snow Covered Area science product

The Landsat Collection 2 Level-3 Fractional Snow Covered Area science product indicates the percentage of pixels covered by snow for Landsat 4–8 imagery. Landsat’s spatial resolution offers the capability to map snow cover patterns across topographically complex mountainous regions. Snow cover is spatially and temporally variable and is often concentrated in remote or inaccessible land regions, ma

Landsat Collection 2 Level-3 Burned Area science product

Accurate and complete data on fire locations and burned areas are needed to quantify trends and patterns of fire occurrence, characterize drivers of fire, project future fire pattern behavior, and help with assessments of fire effects on natural and social systems. The Landsat Collection 2 Level-3 Burned Area science product is designed to identify burned areas across all ecosystems (for example,

Landsat Collection 2 Level-3 Dynamic Surface Water Extent science product

The Landsat Collection 2 Level-3 Dynamic Surface Water Extent science product provides raster data that represent surface water inundation per pixel in Landsat 4–8 imagery. The Collection 2 Dynamic Surface Water Extent science product contains six acquisition-based raster products relating to surface water. Surface water extent is modulated by weather and climate, stream network hydrology, and geo

Science

Eyes on Earth Episode 88 – Landsat 5’s Significance, Part 2

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn about how the Landsat 5 flight operations team managed to keep the satellite going as it collected data into its 20s and an award the team recently received.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 88 – Landsat 5’s Significance, Part 2

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn about how the Landsat 5 flight operations team managed to keep the satellite going as it collected data into its 20s and an award the team recently received.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 87 – Landsat 5’s Significance, Part 1

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn about the significance of the fifth satellite in the 50-year-old Landsat program and its remarkable ability to observe the Earth for nearly 29 years.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 87 – Landsat 5’s Significance, Part 1

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn about the significance of the fifth satellite in the 50-year-old Landsat program and its remarkable ability to observe the Earth for nearly 29 years.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 85 – Landsat 7 Extended Science Mission

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn more about Landsat 7’s extended science mission and the resulting circumstance of collecting data from three Landsat satellites.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 85 – Landsat 7 Extended Science Mission

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn more about Landsat 7’s extended science mission and the resulting circumstance of collecting data from three Landsat satellites.
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