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Landsat: a global land imaging program

May 3, 2012

Landsat satellites have continuously acquired space-based images of the Earth's land surface, coastal shallows, and coral reefs across four decades. The Landsat Program, a joint effort of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was established to routinely gather land imagery from space. In practice, NASA develops remote-sensing instruments and spacecraft, launches satellites, and validates their performance. The USGS then assumes ownership and operation of the satellites, in addition to managing all ground-data reception, archiving, product generation, and distribution. The result of this program is a visible, long-term record of natural and human-induced changes on the global landscape.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2012
Title Landsat: a global land imaging program
DOI 10.3133/fs20123057
Authors Raymond A. Byrnes
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2012-3057
Index ID fs20123057
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center