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Annual Landsat Data Distribution with Cost per Scene from 1972 to 2007

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Between 1972 and 2007, the largest number of Landsat data (film and digital) ever sold was ~250,000 scenes in 1976, when the cost for a Landsat Multispectral Scanner (MSS) was $20 USD. Prior to the 2008 open data policy, researchers were restricted to the data they could afford, rather than the data they required. The 100 millionth scene was downloaded from the USGS archive on March 9, 2020. 

Visit this Landsat Headline for more information about how this milestone was achieved. 


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