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Landsat 8 Image of Ayon Island
Landsat 8 Image of Ayon Island
Landsat 8 Image of Ayon Island
Landsat 8 Image of Ayon Island

Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager (OLI) captured this icy view of Ayon Island on June 17, 2024. The island's low-lying tundra and the shorelines create a picturesque view from its high latitude location in the East Siberian Sea. 

Landsat 8
Path 101 Row 011
Acquired June 17, 2024
Bands 6,5,4

Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager (OLI) captured this icy view of Ayon Island on June 17, 2024. The island's low-lying tundra and the shorelines create a picturesque view from its high latitude location in the East Siberian Sea. 

Landsat 8
Path 101 Row 011
Acquired June 17, 2024
Bands 6,5,4

JACIE 2025 Workshop Save the Date
JACIE 2025 Workshop Save the Date
JACIE 2025 Workshop Save the Date
JACIE 2025 Workshop Save the Date

JACIE 2025 will be held April 7 - 11, 2025 at USGS Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. 

Annual JACIE Workshops are sponsored by government agencies and allow remote sensing experts to discuss system capabilities, calibration, and the impacts of data quality on various applications. 

Highlights of JACIE Workshops include:

JACIE 2025 will be held April 7 - 11, 2025 at USGS Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. 

Annual JACIE Workshops are sponsored by government agencies and allow remote sensing experts to discuss system capabilities, calibration, and the impacts of data quality on various applications. 

Highlights of JACIE Workshops include:

Baotou Sand Test Site - Urad Qianqi, Inner Mongolia in northern China
Baotou Sand Test Site
Baotou Sand Test Site
Baotou Sand Test Site

The Baotou Sand Test Site was established to assess the radiometric and spectral performance of high spatial resolution sensor payloads on airborne and satellite platforms. Located at Urad Qianqi, Inner Mongolia in northern China, the site is ∼1270 meters (m) above sea level. The site

The Baotou Sand Test Site was established to assess the radiometric and spectral performance of high spatial resolution sensor payloads on airborne and satellite platforms. Located at Urad Qianqi, Inner Mongolia in northern China, the site is ∼1270 meters (m) above sea level. The site

Map of Earth Observing Satellites
Countries with Earth Observing Satellites
Countries with Earth Observing Satellites
Countries with Earth Observing Satellites

The numbers on this map indicate the number of commercial and/or government/civil satellites launched by the highlighted countries. This image will be updated as needed, when information about new satellites is received.  Visit the Earth Observing Satellites webpage for more information. 

The numbers on this map indicate the number of commercial and/or government/civil satellites launched by the highlighted countries. This image will be updated as needed, when information about new satellites is received.  Visit the Earth Observing Satellites webpage for more information. 

Chart of Commercial, Government-Civil Satellites Launched
Chart of Commercial, Government-Civil Satellites Launched
Chart of Commercial, Government-Civil Satellites Launched
Chart of Commercial, Government-Civil Satellites Launched

This chart shows the number of commercial and government/civil satellites launched each year since 1972. Visit the Earth Observing Satellites webpage for more information. 

Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 1 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 1 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 1 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 1 Scenes

The Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS-1 Scenes heatmap displays Landsat scenes by WRS-1 path/row that were contributed to the USGS Landsat Archive by Landsat International Cooperator Ground Stations.

The Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS-1 Scenes heatmap displays Landsat scenes by WRS-1 path/row that were contributed to the USGS Landsat Archive by Landsat International Cooperator Ground Stations.

Videos

An illustration of flames, satellite land surface, an outline of Texas and a title Record Wildfire in Texas (Image of the Week)
Record Wildfire in Texas (Image of the Week)
Record Wildfire in Texas (Image of the Week)

The Smokehouse Creek Fire started about 1 mile north of Stinnett, Texas on February 26th, 2024. Three days later, the fire had consumed over 1 million acres. With a total area of 1,654 square miles, it became the largest fire on record in Texas. That's larger than New York's Long Island.

The Smokehouse Creek Fire started about 1 mile north of Stinnett, Texas on February 26th, 2024. Three days later, the fire had consumed over 1 million acres. With a total area of 1,654 square miles, it became the largest fire on record in Texas. That's larger than New York's Long Island.

A satellite image of a lake beside an image of the Earth, with text on top of the image Image of the Week: A Warm February in Northern Minnesota
Image of the Week: A Warm February in Northern Minnesota
Image of the Week: A Warm February in Northern Minnesota

Like many lakes in northern Minnesota, Mille Lacs near Brainerd experienced an uncommonly warm winter this year, with lower than average snowfall. Natural color Landsat images from the past ten Februarys reveal a stark change in 2024.

Like many lakes in northern Minnesota, Mille Lacs near Brainerd experienced an uncommonly warm winter this year, with lower than average snowfall. Natural color Landsat images from the past ten Februarys reveal a stark change in 2024.

Satellite image of a white mass of clouds with circular dark spots with a title Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)
Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)
Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)

On March 3rd, near South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Landsat 9 captured this dream-like image. This natural color view shows a weather pattern known as a “Von Karman vortex street," caused by prevailing winds from the southeast.

On March 3rd, near South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Landsat 9 captured this dream-like image. This natural color view shows a weather pattern known as a “Von Karman vortex street," caused by prevailing winds from the southeast.

Satellite image of land and coastline with text and logo on top Image of the Week: Fire in Northern Australia: a 2023 Timelapse
Image of the Week: Fire in Northern Australia: a 2023 Timelapse
Image of the Week: Fire in Northern Australia: a 2023 Timelapse

The bushfire season in northern Australia generally runs from May to October. 2023 was an especially intense year in the north. Select infrared imagery from the Landsat archive was used here to produce a rolling mosaic timelapse of the landscape in eight-day segments.

The bushfire season in northern Australia generally runs from May to October. 2023 was an especially intense year in the north. Select infrared imagery from the Landsat archive was used here to produce a rolling mosaic timelapse of the landscape in eight-day segments.

Photo of water and a dam with title in various colors on top, plus a fish illustration with a word bubble Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam
Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam
Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is set to become the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa.

Located near the Sudan border in Ethiopia, the promising and controversial project impacts communities up and down the Blue Nile.

Landsat sensors capture the region in false color infrared, emphasizing the reservoir's boundary.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is set to become the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa.

Located near the Sudan border in Ethiopia, the promising and controversial project impacts communities up and down the Blue Nile.

Landsat sensors capture the region in false color infrared, emphasizing the reservoir's boundary.

Poster-type image of Earth in the background, an aerial image of land and a water tower with title/logo Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive
Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive
Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive

The home of the Landsat satellite archive is surrounded by corn and soybean fields. The archive is kept at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) located near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. EROS is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The home of the Landsat satellite archive is surrounded by corn and soybean fields. The archive is kept at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) located near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. EROS is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Audio

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Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 119 - Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections
Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 119 - Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections
Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections
Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections
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Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 119 - Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections
Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 119 - Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections
Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with Kristi Kline about the constant changes and innovations that have been needed at EROS to keep up with changes in computer tech and data processing. Kline has been a part of helping to implement these changes over the past 27 years and is now retiring at the end of May 2024.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with Kristi Kline about the constant changes and innovations that have been needed at EROS to keep up with changes in computer tech and data processing. Kline has been a part of helping to implement these changes over the past 27 years and is now retiring at the end of May 2024.

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Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 118 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2
Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 118 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2
Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2
Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2
Image of Earth with mugshots of three people and a little text overlaid
Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 118 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2
Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 118 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2
Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with several people involved with the next Landsat mission, targeted for launch around 2030. While that may seem like a ways into the future, it takes a lot of work to prepare for such a big mission.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with several people involved with the next Landsat mission, targeted for launch around 2030. While that may seem like a ways into the future, it takes a lot of work to prepare for such a big mission.

Earth surrounded by illustration of satellite passes with a white label and three mugshots overlaying it
EoE thumbnail image for Episode 117 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
EoE thumbnail image for Episode 117 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
Eyes on Earth Episode 117 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
Eyes on Earth Episode 117 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
Earth surrounded by illustration of satellite passes with a white label and three mugshots overlaying it
EoE thumbnail image for Episode 117 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
EoE thumbnail image for Episode 117 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
Eyes on Earth Episode 117 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with several people involved with the next Landsat mission. In Part 1, we’ll hear about how different Landsat Next will be from previous Landsat missions and how its additional spectral bands, higher resolution and 6-day revisit will benefit science and society.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with several people involved with the next Landsat mission. In Part 1, we’ll hear about how different Landsat Next will be from previous Landsat missions and how its additional spectral bands, higher resolution and 6-day revisit will benefit science and society.

Mugshot of bearded man with bookshelves behind him and a little white text
Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 116 - Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 116 - Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
Eyes on Earth Episode 116 – Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
Eyes on Earth Episode 116 – Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
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Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 116 - Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 116 - Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
Eyes on Earth Episode 116 – Landsat Images the Twilight Zone

Landsat has documented changes all over the world for over 50 years. Changes in polar regions are happening especially rapidly. But it’s dark in polar regions much of the time. Therefore, a new acquisition scheme is adding more imagery of these dark, polar regions so these changes can be studied in more detail, even in polar twilight.

Landsat has documented changes all over the world for over 50 years. Changes in polar regions are happening especially rapidly. But it’s dark in polar regions much of the time. Therefore, a new acquisition scheme is adding more imagery of these dark, polar regions so these changes can be studied in more detail, even in polar twilight.

Photo of five women outside a building, with four mugshots and a little text laid on top of the photo
EoE thumbnail image for episode 115 about EROS women in science
EoE thumbnail image for episode 115 about EROS women in science
Eyes on Earth Episode 115 – EROS Women in Science
Eyes on Earth Episode 115 – EROS Women in Science
Photo of five women outside a building, with four mugshots and a little text laid on top of the photo
EoE thumbnail image for episode 115 about EROS women in science
EoE thumbnail image for episode 115 about EROS women in science
Eyes on Earth Episode 115 – EROS Women in Science

Women have been crucial to the EROS workforce from the very beginning in a variety of areas, from customer service and computers to film processing and administration.

Women have been crucial to the EROS workforce from the very beginning in a variety of areas, from customer service and computers to film processing and administration.

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EoE episode 91 thumbnail image - AmericaView
EoE episode 91 thumbnail image - AmericaView
Eyes on Earth Episode 91 – Intro to AmericaView
Eyes on Earth Episode 91 – Intro to AmericaView
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EoE episode 91 thumbnail image - AmericaView
EoE episode 91 thumbnail image - AmericaView
Eyes on Earth Episode 91 – Intro to AmericaView

AmericaView aims to advance Earth observation education through a network of programs based at universities in more than 40 states.

AmericaView aims to advance Earth observation education through a network of programs based at universities in more than 40 states.