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Landsat 7 Data Users Handbook

Landsat Data Users Handbooks provide a basic understanding of each Landsat mission, the spacecraft and sensors, data processing systems, and the resulting products created and made available for download.

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The purpose of this handbook is to provide a basic understanding and associated reference material for the Landsat Observatory and its science data products*. In doing so, this document does not include a detailed description of all technical details of the Landsat mission, but instead focuses on the information that the users need to gain an understanding of the data products.

This handbook provides an overview of reference material and a more detailed description of applicable data user and product information, as listed below.

*This document contains information specific to Landsat 7 ETM+ data that were processed as 'Pre-Collection' data products. Landsat 7 Pre-Collection data are no longer available from USGS, and superseded by the now standard Landsat 7 Collection 1 Level-1 data product. While Landsat Pre-Collection and Collection 1 data share basic foundational qualities, there are differences between the data products. For information on Landsat Collection 1 data, visit the Landsat Collections webpage.