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Landsat Missions

Since 1972, the joint NASA/ U.S. Geological Survey 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 9 Products Now Available from ESPA

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Published Works Demonstrate Dedication and Caliber of Landsat Science Team Members

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Remote Sensing Community Says Goodbye to Longtime USGS EROS Chief Scientist Thomas Loveland

Publications

ECCOE Landsat quarterly Calibration and Validation report — Quarter 2, 2021

Executive SummaryThe U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Calibration and Validation (Cal/Val) Center of Excellence (ECCOE) focuses on improving the accuracy, precision, calibration, and product quality of remote-sensing data, leveraging years of multiscale optical system geometric and radiometric calibration and characterization experience. The ECCOE Landsa

South Dakota and Landsat

Few states derive as much of their social and economic well-being from the land as South Dakota. Agriculture is the State’s primary industry. Hunting, fishing, tourism, mining, and hydroelectric power are also important economic and cultural drivers. Data from the U.S. Geological Survey Landsat program, archived at the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Center just outs

Maryland and Landsat

Maryland, called “America in Miniature,” encompasses nearly every geographical feature in the United States except a desert. Water dominates the State, whose borders run along much of Chesapeake Bay. The bay is the country’s largest estuary, where freshwater from watershed tributaries mingles with the ocean’s saltwater and teems with life.The Chesapeake Bay faces threats from erosion, pollution, r

Science

Eyes on Earth Episode 68 - Tracking Mangroves by Satellite

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 what satellites can tell us about mangrove forests.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 68 - Tracking Mangroves by Satellite

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 what satellites can tell us about mangrove forests.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 64 – Colorado Bark Beetles

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 how Landsat helps to track bark beetle outbreaks.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 64 – Colorado Bark Beetles

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 how Landsat helps to track bark beetle outbreaks.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 62 – Landsat 9 Launch Part 3

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 hear from a pioneer in remote sensing.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 62 – Landsat 9 Launch Part 3

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 hear from a pioneer in remote sensing.
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