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Landsat 9

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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 on Launch Pad atop Atlas V Rocket
Landsat 9, now scheduled for launch on Monday, Sept. 27, is safely encapsulated in its fairing…

“I really believe that Landsat data made a change in how we perceive global change. All of the things we have done so far would not have been possible without the unique Landsat dataset”

— Dr. Patrick Hostert, Geomatics Lab, Humboldt University, Apr 18, 2018

"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

“Very importantly, big data and its use for societal good is based on really progressive data policies. The Landsat sensor has 40 years of data in the archive and it is available to anyone on the planet.”

— Matt Hansen, Oct 21, 2015

"Without Landsat, we’d still be in the Dark Ages of tracking global forest carbon using spreadsheet models."

— Dr. Nancy Harris, Global Forest Watch, Feb 11, 2021

"Fire perimeters collected using Landsat imagery are accurate, timely and cost-effective."

— Brian Sorbel, May 27, 2014

"We use Landsat images on a daily basis at SkyTruth for environmental monitoring."

— Kimbra Cutlip, SkyTruth, Oct 3, 2016

"Our Landsat-based insect atlas facilitates comparisons across space, time, and insect agents that have not been possible to date."

— Garrett Meigs et al., Mar 1, 2015

“The long-term acquisition plan of the Landsat mission provides a unique and invaluable dataset for tracking multi-decadal changes in the density and distribution of mangroves at continental scales.”

— Dr. Leo Lymburner, Landsat Science Team Member, Dec 4, 2019

“Measuring the past contributes to our understanding of the long-term consequences of our past economic and societal choices, and contributes to more informed management decisions in the future.”

— Jean-François Pekel, who used 3 million Landsat images to make global surface water, Dec 9, 2016

"In the world of water resource management, Landsat has played a key role in providing objective and continuous data for the United States, particularly in the arid west. Water-related benefits of Landsat imagery are also reaped far beyond the United States’ borders in countries such as Chile, Australia, Morocco, Sudan, and Venezuela, which are using Landsat data to make informed decisions regarding natural resource allocation and use."

— Larisa Serbina and Holly M. Miller, Jul 1, 2014