Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Landsat 3 First Light Image of Northern California

Detailed Description

One of Landsat 3’s first images, captured by the Multispectral Scanner (MSS) 4 days after launch, features a slice of Northern California on March 7, 1978. San Jose sits in Santa Clara Valley touching the southernmost portion of San Francisco. This image showcases the urbanization of the valley, which exploded in the 1970s as Silicon Valley grew.

Learn more about Landsat by visiting the Landsat 3 Mission webpage

Explore stories, images, and research about Landsat 3 with this Story Map: 



Public Domain.