Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Landsat Missions

Since 1972, Landsat 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. Data acquired by Landsat satellites are distributed from the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Project Information

Landsat 9 logo

There is a wealth of technical information and statistics about the Landsat Project, Landsat data, and Landsat science products. Statistics about Landsat data availability, distribution and usage are updated quarterly.

News about Landsat

Find the latest news about Landsat missions, data products, data access, and related topics. 

 

Landsat Products and Data Access

Landsat data products are continually being matured into the highest quality possible. These products allow scientists to provide improved and more useful results for land change and use analysis. Landsat data products held in the USGS archives can be searched and downloaded at no charge from a variety of data portals. 

 

Example of the Landsat Archive Dashboard Graphics
Animated image of the Landsat Archive Dashboard.

Useful Tools & Viewers

Various files, tools, converters, and information to better understand Landsat acquisition and how to search for Landsat data and products.

International Collaboration

Landsat has always been an important component of U.S. foreign policy, science, and technology policy. A longstanding network of International Cooperators operate numerous International Ground Stations allowing direct reception and downlink from Landsat satellites. In 2010, International Cooperators started the effort to consolidate Landsat data acquired at worldwide ground station to the USGS archive.

 

Education and Outreach Resources

Landsat education and outreach resources can be used by students, teachers and the general public to further understand the fundamentals of remote sensing, Landsat technology, and how practical applications of Landsat data are helping specialists manage Earth's natural resources for a growing world population.

Join us on Social!

 

News

USGS Finds New Way to Measure Ocean Depth with Landsat

USGS Finds New Way to Measure Ocean Depth with Landsat

Extended ESPA on Demand Interface Interruption Starts June 26, 2024

Extended ESPA on Demand Interface Interruption Starts June 26, 2024

Landsat Next Instrument Contractor Selected

Landsat Next Instrument Contractor Selected

Publications

Interdisciplinary science approach for harmful algal blooms (HABs) and algal toxins—A strategic science vision for the U.S. Geological Survey

Executive SummaryAlgal blooms in water, soils, dusts, and the environment have captured national attention because of concerns associated with exposure to algal toxins for humans and animals. Algal blooms naturally occur in all surface-water types and are important primary producers for aquatic ecosystems. However, excessive algae growth can be associated with many harmful effects ranging from aes
Authors
Victoria G. Christensen, Christopher J. Crawford, Robert J. Dusek, Michael J. Focazio, Lisa Reynolds Fogarty, Jennifer L. Graham, Celeste A. Journey, Mari E. Lee, James H. Larson, Sarah M. Stackpoole, Viviana Mazzei, Emily J. Pindilli, Barnett A. Rattner, E. Terrence Slonecker, Kristen B. McSwain, Timothy J. Reilly, Ashley E. Lopez

ECCOE Landsat quarterly Calibration and Validation report—Quarter 4, 2023

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
Authors
Md Obaidul Haque, Rajagopalan Rengarajan, Mark Lubke, Md Nahid Hasan, Ashish Shrestha, Jerad L. Shaw, Alex Denevan, Kathryn Ruslander, Esad Micijevic, Michael J. Choate, Cody Anderson, Kurt Thome, Julia Barsi, Ed Kaita, Raviv Levy, Jeff Miller, Leibo Ding

ECCOE Landsat quarterly Calibration and Validation report—Quarter 3, 2023

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
Authors
Md Obaidul Haque, Rajagopalan Rengarajan, Mark Lubke, Md Nahid Hasan, Ashish Shrestha, Jerad L. Shaw, Alex Denevan, Kathryn Ruslander, Esad Micijevic, Michael J. Choate, Cody Anderson, Kurt Thome, Ed Kaita, Julia Barsi, Raviv Levy, Jeff Miller, Leibo Ding

Science

Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections

A discussion with Kristi Kline, who is retiring from EROS, about innovations that have taken place in computer tech and data processing.
link

Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections

A discussion with Kristi Kline, who is retiring from EROS, about innovations that have taken place in computer tech and data processing.
Learn More

Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2

Landsat Next is targeted for launch around 2030. But we are already getting ready for all the new and improved data the mission will bring.
link

Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2

Landsat Next is targeted for launch around 2030. But we are already getting ready for all the new and improved data the mission will bring.
Learn More
link

Eyes on Earth Episode 117 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1

Learn about the details of the upcoming new mission Landsat Next and its benefits to science and society.
Learn More

Multimedia

Landsat 8 Image of Ayon Island
Landsat 8 Image of Ayon Island
Landsat 8 Image of Ayon Island
The Legacy of Landsat 7 — Citations in Policy & Publications
The Legacy of Landsat 7 — Citations in Policy & Publications
The Legacy of Landsat 7 — Citations in Policy & Publications
Landsat Scene Downloads from USGS EROS Inventory since 2008
Landsat Scene Downloads from USGS EROS — 2008 to present
Landsat Scene Downloads from USGS EROS — 2008 to present
Image of EROS Center and Kristi Kline with Eyes on Earth graphic on top
Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections
Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections
Landsat 9 Image of White Sands National Park
Landsat 9 Image of White Sands National Park
Landsat 9 Image of White Sands National Park
Baotou Sand Test Site - Urad Qianqi, Inner Mongolia in northern China
Baotou Sand Test Site
Baotou Sand Test Site
Image of Earth with mugshots of three people and a little text overlaid
Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2
Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 1 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 1 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 1 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 2 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 2 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 2 Scenes