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May 25, 2007 - USGS Pilot Project Makes High-Quality Landsat Data Available Through Web

On June 4, 2007, the USGS released selected Landsat 7 image data of the United States through the Web ( or These data are of high quality with limited cloud cover.

This Web-enabled distribution of new and recently acquired data is a pilot project for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), currently projected for launch in 2011. The project allows the Landsat data user community to help refine the distribution system planned for the upcoming LDCM. Each scene is registered to the terrain, or "ortho-rectified," prior to being placed on the Web. Copies of these data will also be available on CD or DVD at the cost of reproduction.

Landsat data have proven useful for a wide range of applications. From disaster monitoring after Hurricane Katrina and the Indonesian tsunami to global crop condition analysis, Landsat data are being used by scientists around the world. The Web-based distribution system allows the user community easier access to Landsat 7 data.