Landsat Missions

Landsat Collection 1 Reprocessing Status

As of December 5, 2016
Landsat 7 ETM+ (1999-2016)
  • U.S. Complete!
  • World scenes to reprocess 1,966,301
  • World scenes completed 667,499 (34%)
  • Years complete 2012-2016
  • Year in progress 2011
Landsat 4-5 TM (1982-2012)
  • U.S. Complete!
  • World scenes to reprocess 2,061,307
  • World scenes completed 672,082 (27%)
  • Years complete 2004-2012
  • Year in progress 2003
Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS
  • Reprocessing to begin January 2017
  • Data will become available February 2017

For further information visit the Landsat Collections webpage.

Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data.

Four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research.

Landsat Headlines

December 07, 2016

December 5-9, 2016 - Landsat Ground Station Operators Meeting

The 45th Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group Meeting is being held December 5-9 in Libreville, Gabon. Members from USGS EROS, International Cooperators, and various partners will discuss topics related to Landsat Missions. (Read More)

December 02, 2016

December 2, 2016 - Landsat 9 Ground System Review

On November 30 – December 1, USGS EROS hosted the Landsat 9 Ground System Requirements Review (GSRR) in Sioux Falls, SD. This was the first in a series of major project reviews for Landsat 9, which is scheduled for launch December 2020. (Read More)

October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016 - Landsat 8 Collection 1 Sample Data

Landsat 8 Collection 1 Level-1 sample data are available. Users are encouraged to analyze these samples and contact User Services with any questions or feedback.

October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016 - Upcoming Website Interruptions

Access to this site may become interrupted between 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm CT on Thursday, October 20, 2016 due to system upgrades.

October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016 – Earth Observation Day

Landsat satellites have been imaging our planet since 1972, producing data that are valuable for land surface change detection, agricultural yield forecasting, disaster monitoring, and many other applications. As part of Earth Science Week, Earth Observation Day strives to (Read More)

September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016 - Landsat Science Team Leader Named Pecora Award Recipient

Dr. Curtis Woodcock of Boston University received the 2016 William T. Pecora Award for achievement in Earth remote sensing recently during a special event held in Washington, D.C. (Read More)

September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016 - Landsat Collection 1 Data Available

Landsat Collection 1 data are now available on EarthExplorer. Collection 1 data contain notable improvements from Pre-Collection data. The Landsat Collections webpage details these changes (Read More)

September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016 - 50 years of Landsat Vision

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall’s 1966 announcement of "Project EROS (Earth Resources Observation Satellites)”. Udall’s vision paved the way for what we today know as Landsat, and gave the world the confidence to create satellite (Read More)

September 02, 2016

September 1, 2016 - Landsat 9 Passes Mission Milestone

Landsat 9 passed one of its important reviews: “Key Decision Point B (KDP-B)” on August 17, 2016. KDP-B marks the entry of a NASA Flight Project into “Phase B”, during which a preliminary design for all mission segments is completed. (Read More)

August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 - Landsat Collection 1 Release Date Change

The recently published Landsat Update announced that Landsat 4-5 and Landsat 7 Collection 1 data will become available by the end of August; however, to properly address issues discovered during (Read More)

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections

As Glaciers Worldwide Are Retreating, One Defies the Trend
Many glaciers around the world are losing ice mass and retreating.
Three Gorges Dam Brings Power, Concerns to Central China
The construction of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in central China offers an interesting glimpse into the balancing act borne from humanity's changing of the natural landscape.
Lake Mead Reaches Historic Low
The surface level of Lake Mead in Nevada and Arizona has fallen to a historic low as 16 years of ongoing drought in the American Southwest continue to impact the Colorado River Basin.
Landsat Reveals Water Use Dynamics in the San Joaquin Valley
California's San Joaquin Valley is one of the world's most productive agricultural regions.
Measuring Water Use with Landsat
As drought conditions continue in the western U.S. there is more demand for water.
Laguna Pastos Grandes, Bolivia
Laguna Pastos Grandes is a shallow salt lake located in Bolivia's Pastos Grandes volcanic caldera.
Chesapeake Bay: A Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Mosaic
Chesapeake Bay is the Nation`s largest estuary and its restoration and protection is a priority. The USGS provides scientific information to help manage this vital ecosystem.
Iceberg near Drygalski Ice Tongue, Antarctica
In late 2004, scientists began watching for a collision between iceberg B15-A, and the Drygalski Ice Tongue.
Byrd Glacier, Antarctica
Antarctica's Byrd Glacier is a 15-mile wide, 100-mile long ice stream.
Kvarneric Islands, Croatia
Over 1,100 islands and islets dot Croatia's Adriatic coastline.
As Glaciers Worldwide Are Retreating, One Defies the Trend Three Gorges Dam Brings Power, Concerns to Central China Lake Mead Reaches Historic Low Landsat Reveals Water Use Dynamics in the San Joaquin Valley Measuring Water Use with Landsat Laguna Pastos Grandes, Bolivia Chesapeake Bay: A Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Mosaic Iceberg near Drygalski Ice Tongue, Antarctica Byrd Glacier, Antarctica Kvarneric Islands, Croatia

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“From a valuation standpoint, Landsat is an extremely valuable public good just in its direct use—let alone the economic value of all the indirect uses built on the direct data.”

John Loomis, an economist at Colorado State University, Landsat Benefited U.S. Economy by $1.8 Billion in 2011, Aug 30, 2015

“The Landsat archive holds great potential for studying the processes behind the Greenland Ice Sheet’s response to our changing climate over multi-decadal time scales. It is essential that this record be exploited over other areas of the Greenland Ice Sheet.”

Noel Gourmelen, Despite Warming, Landsat Reveals Decadal Slowdowns on Greenland Ice Sheet, Oct 28, 2015

"We are now beginning to see that the combination of high performance computing, data storage facilities, data preparation techniques, and advanced systems can materially accelerate the value of Landsat data."

Dr. Suzette Kimball, acting Director of the USGS, A New Era of Space Collaboration between Australia and U.S., Jun 18, 2015

“...the time is now right and urgent to apply space technology towards the solution of many pressing natural resources problems being compounded by population and industrial growth.”

Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of the Interior (1966)

“The economic value of just one year of Landsat data far exceeds the multi-year total cost of building, launching, and managing Landsat satellites and sensors.”

Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment, Jan 14, 2015, USGS press release

“The value of Landsat data is internationally recognized as indispensable to science, natural resource management, commerce, security, foreign policy, agriculture, and education.”

National Geospatial Advisory Committee, Landsat Advisory Group, Statement on Landsat Data Use and Charges, Sept 18, 2012

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