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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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December 2022 - Vol. 1 | Issue 7

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Landsat Collection 1 Datasets to be Removed on December 30, 2022

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Landsat Technical Working Group Meets in Germany

Publications

Landsat 9 cross calibration under-fly of Landsat 8: Planning, and execution

During the early post-launch phase of the Landsat 9 mission, the Landsat 8 and 9 mission teams conducted a successful under-fly of Landsat 8 by Landsat 9, allowing for the near-simultaneous data collection of common Earth targets by the on-board sensors for cross-calibration. This effort, coordinated by the Landsat Calibration and Validation team, required contributions from various entities acros

ECCOE Landsat Quarterly Calibration and Validation report—Quarter 2, 2022

Executive SummaryThe U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science 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 Landsat Cal/Val Team

Landsat 9 geometric characteristics using underfly data

The Landsat program has a long history of providing remotely sensed data to the user community. This history is being extended with the addition of the Landsat 9 satellite, which closely mimics the Landsat 8 satellite and its instruments. These satellites contain two instruments, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). OLI is a push-broom sensor that collects visi

Science

Eyes on Earth Episode 84 – Hurricane Disturbance Mapping

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 effort to map disturbances in Florida from Hurricane Ian in near real time.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 84 – Hurricane Disturbance Mapping

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 effort to map disturbances in Florida from Hurricane Ian in near real time.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 81 – Tour of the EROS Radome

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 take a tour of a crucial component of the Landsat data acquisition process at EROS: the radome that houses the 10-meter antenna for downlinking data to be placed in the archive.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 81 – Tour of the EROS Radome

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 take a tour of a crucial component of the Landsat data acquisition process at EROS: the radome that houses the 10-meter antenna for downlinking data to be placed in the archive.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 79 – Landsat Global Archive Consolidation

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 process that has gradually added millions of earlier Landsat scenes to the 50-year archive.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 79 – Landsat Global Archive Consolidation

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 process that has gradually added millions of earlier Landsat scenes to the 50-year archive.
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