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The Landsat Program

This joint NASA/USGS program provides the longest continuous space-based record of Earth’s land in existence. Every day, Landsat satellites provide essential information to help land managers and policy makers make wise decisions about our resources and our environment. + Landsat Case Studies ebook

The LDCM Thermal Infrared Sensor
Landsat 8 Thermal Sensor Update
[Source: USGS Landsat] After extensive investigation and testing, the decision has
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DNC deforestation

Landsat Shows Felling of Tropical Trees Has Soared

[Source: Nanci Bompey, AGU; Laura Ours and Graham Binder, University of Maryland] The rate at which tropical forests were cut, burned or [...]
Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment

Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment

[By Jon Campbell, U.S. Geological Survey] Orbiting Earth more than 400 miles away in space, far from human view; recording repeated images of [...]
Landsat 8 image of Great Salt Lake 2013


Journey with us into the cartographic past. Latest look: Great Salt Lake, 1859 [...]

Landsat 8 sketch
"The long, consistent view of Earth from space provided by Landsat sparks advances in science, enables more efficient natural resources management, and promotes profitable applications of the data in commerce and industry. In step with the National Research Council and other objective reviews, the non-federal Landsat Advisory Group has found that the broad benefits of Landsat far outweigh the cost."