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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

Landsat 9—Continuing the Legacy
This new four-part video series shares the history of Landsat, how Landsat 9 works, how Landsat…

“You can see the changes of your orchard over time & over space, and by measuring the canopy temperature [with Landsat] you can see whether the canopy is in balance with the rest of the environment around the trees.”

— Dr. Daniele Zaccaria, UC Davis, Jun 6, 2019

"Landsat's work is epic in scale. In 43 years, it has amassed over a petabyte of data, with over 4 million scenes and counting."

— Esri, Mar 19, 2015

"[T]he case for open data is more than proven by Landsat and Copernicus. Many innovative applications using these datasets are the dividends that benefit the taxpayer."

— Arup Dasgupta, Aug 5, 2019

"The Landsat program doesn’t produce images like the ones of astronauts playing golf on the moon nor geologists scaling an erupting volcano, but it has created one of the most important scientific repositories of data ever made."

— Robinson Meyer, Apr 16, 2015

“Having all of this [30 m] Landsat data available more or less globally since 1984 will keep glaciologists busy for some more years, if not decades.”

— Frank Paul, glaciologist, Nov 26, 2015

"Dai Yamazaki, a hydrodynamic engineer at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, calls the new [Landsat-based] imagery collection the best understanding yet of Earth's changing surface water."

— High-Resolution Satellite Images Capture Stunning View of Earth's Changing Waters, Dec 9, 2016

"By combining the 34-year record provided by Landsat [30 m] with climate data, we can now quantify relations between water availability and vegetation dynamics in ways that were not previously possible."

— Dr. Christine Albano, ecohydrologist at the Desert Research Institute, Dec 13, 2019

“There are more than 800 billion Landsat-derived pixels of land in our imagery. If we printed out just our Landsat-based world map at poster resolution, it would cover two acres.”

— Charlie Loyd, Dec 22, 2014

“The Landsat science community is giddy at the results they’re seeing from the latest Landsat instrument. It’s that much better than the last one."

— Cary Ludtke, Operational Space VP and General Manager, Ball Aerospace & Technology Corp., Nov 6, 2014

"The Landsat satellites have provided an unprecedented volume of high quality medium-resolution imagery spanning more than 30 years. Without this record it would be exceedingly difficult to place presently observed changes in ice discharge into a longer-term context."

— Alex Gardner, NASA JPL, Dec 18, 2015