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How Landsat Helps

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

Landsat 8 TIRS in thermal vac
Landsat 9 Is Coming
NASA and USGS have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023.
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NOAA Ship Fairweather

Avoiding Rock Bottom: How Landsat Aids Nautical Charting

On the most recent nautical chart of the Beaufort Sea where the long narrow Tapkaluk Islands of Alaska’s North Slope separate the sea from the []
Landsat & Sentinel-2 band comparison

Sentinel-2A Launches—Our Compliments & Our Complements

The European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A successfully launched into orbit last night from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana aboard a []
“Balloon View–Nantucket to Boston” map 1885


Journey with us into the cartographic past. Latest look: Cape Cod, 1885 []

Landsat 8 sketch

“We looked at satellite images taken by the NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat missions from 1972 and 1999 and the loss of forest and woodland cover along valleys and steep slopes was clear: eighty percent of the forests were gone. Through our analysis of Landsat forest change maps using GIS, we also calculated that the risk of landslide had increased fivefold during that time.”