Landsat timeline

The small white arrow in the Landsat 7 arrow indicates the collection of data without the Scan Line Corrector.

Remarkably, Landsat 5 delivered high-quality, global data of Earth’s land surface for 28 years and 10 months, officially setting a new Guinness World Records title for “Longest-operating Earth observation satellite.”

“This is the end of an era for a remarkable satellite, and the fact that it flew for almost three decades is a testament to the NASA engineers who launched it and the USGS team who kept it flying well beyond its expected lifetime,” said Anne Castle, Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science in a press release about Landsat 5.

Landsat 8 successfully launched on Feb. 11, 2013 and the Landsat data archive continues to expand.

A closer look at Landsat through time