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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…

"Whether it’s since 1985 or 2000, we see this greening of the Arctic evident in the Landsat record."

— Logan Berner, a global change ecologist, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Sep 23, 2020

“There is a sensor in the Landsat satellite which measures the intensity of the reflected radiation back into space. What if we could use satellite imagery from the Landsat program to find fossils?”

— Robert Anemone, Oct 22, 2014

"Landsat has undoubtedly transformed our ability to understand urbanization processes and how cities expand and evolve... the multi-spectrality of Landsat, its relatively high spatial resolution, its revisit period, and especially the long observational record that made millions of scenes publicly available, make Landsat a key asset for the research community."

— Ran Goldblatt, Big Pixel Initiative of the UC San Diego’s School, Dec 16, 2016

"The rich history of Landsat (40+ years) enables not only change detection and trend analysis, but also provides a unique oppurtunity for hydrologic model calibration and validation as shown in this application."

— Naga Manohar Velpuri, USGS FEWS NET, Dec 18, 2015

“We are in this unique position where we have ice core records from these mountaintops, and Landsat has these detailed images of the glaciers, and if we combine those two data sets, we see clearly what is happening.” 

— Lonnie Thompson, professor of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist at Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, Jun 28, 2021

"Landsat 8 is part of a revolution of how much remote sensing can do to track the polar areas."

— Ted Scambos, Lead Scientist at the National Snow & Ice Data Center, Oct 18, 2017

"This project would have been entirely impossible without the free and open-access data policy of the NASA/USGS Landsat-data archive."

— Frazer Christie, University of Edinburgh, Dec 16, 2016

"[Landsat] became freely available in 2008 and I think that that completely changed how we are able to use this type of data for decision making."

— Africa Flores, , Nov 5, 2020

“Without Landsat it would be essentially impossible to get good Ground Control Point locations from other sources.”

— Frank Warmerdam, Planet Labs, May 25, 2015

"Landsat 8 global ice mapping is enabled by its better data acquisition rate."

— Ted Scambos, NSIDC, on Landsat 8 global ice flow mapping, Jul 8, 2015