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

“When we showed historical Landsat and more recent high resolution images to communities and shared our analysis, people realized what they’d lost over time and wanted to engage in conversations about how to bring the forests back.”