An engineer with the Landsat 7 ETM+ instrument in cleanroom.

An engineer with the Landsat 7 ETM+ instrument in cleanroom.

“While Landsat instruments are fundamentally just electrooptical transducers that ingest photons and eject a digital bit stream, this transduction relies upon the state of the art in numerous technologies including optics, precision electromechanics, detectors, advanced materials, cryogenics, and signal processing.” —Aram Mika, 1997

Technical descriptions of the Landsat satellites can be found by following the links at the bottom of this page.

For regularly updated information on the Landsats 5, 7, and 8 missions visit the USGS Landsat website.

For detailed information on Landsat 7 data use, visit the Landsat 7 Science Data Users Handbook.

For detailed information on Landsat 8 (formerly the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, LDCM), visit the Landsat 8 section of this site or read the LDCM brochure.

Visit the USGS Landsat Website for:

  • technical documentation,
  • ground station facts,
  • Landsat calibration parameter file details,
  • satellite ephemeris information,
  • satellite anomaly investigations,
  • data acquisition information,
  • image processing particulars,
  • and data product guidance.
  • Landsat 8 Science Data Users Handbook

Visit the L7 Science Data Users Handbook for:

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