Landsat 8: 5-Year Anniversary

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February 11 will mark the 5th anniversary of the launch of Landsat 8! 

Since 2013, over 1.1 million scenes have been acquired, adding to the Landsat archive which started almost 45 years ago, and continue to help support studies in agriculture, forest and water quality/use/management, natural disasters, and land change. 

The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellites co-managed by USGS and NASA, and offers the longest continuous space-based record of Earth’s land in existence. Every day, Landsat satellites orbit Earth and provide essential information to help land managers and policymakers make informed decisions about our natural resources and environment. All Landsat data are distributed by the USGS at no charge from EarthExplorer, GloVis, and the LandsatLook Viewer. To learn more about the Landsat Program please visit or follow us on Twitter @USGSLandsat or Facebook @NASA.Landsat.


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Location Taken: Sioux Falls, SD, US

Video Credits

Linda Owen, Landsat Communications & Outreach


T-minus 10...










We have ignition

and liftoff of the Atlas 5
rocket on the Landsat

data continuity mission.
Continuing the 40 year

legacy of observing earth's
natural resources from space.

The landsat program has
revolutionized the way we

study the earth through this
series of satellite missions.

Landsat 8 continued a 40
year legacy, adding new

instruments and better
technology. The OLI sensor 

collects data within the
visible and infrared bands,

adding new bands to better
detect clouds, and better

observe coastal regions.
The TIRS sensor adds thermal

data with 2 more bands,
making 11 total bands of data.

Now five years in, Landsat 8
is growing our archive faster

than any previous mission.
It’s 1.1 million scenes account

for 16% of the Landsat
archive, dating back to 1972.

Landsat 8 has completed over
25,000 orbits. Traveled over

700 million miles. And although
it has now achieved it’s 5 year

design life, L8 is
not slowing down.

Landsat’s imagery support many
land change studies.

From urban expansion to
characterizing forests

monitoring glaciers and disaster
response around the world.

Every day Landsat 8 gives us
more knowledge about our planet.

We expect many more years of
nominal operation, and look

forward to the addition of
Landsat 9 in 2020, building on

the successes of previous
missions, and continuing

a 45 year legacy.