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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…

"We believe this type of continuous mapping of forest metrics at expansive scales would not have been possible without the excellent radiometric characteristics of Landsat 8, particularly the high level of quantization and the outstanding signal-to-noise ratio, which enables fine distinctions that were not previously possible."

— Rick Lawrence, Montana State University, Dec 15, 2016

"Landsat provides wide coverage of the Himalayas for years with spatial and spectral quality, especially now, with Landsat 8 that has enhanced spectral resolution, which enables the monitoring of glacier state."

— Ramesh P. Singh, Chapman University, Dec 12, 2016

"Landsat pays dividends not only to the prosperity of the global economy, but also to people and planet."

— Jay Neuner, Oct 4, 2018

"There should be no competition between satellite remote sensing and fieldwork, there should only be collaborations."

— Nathalie Pettorelli, Zoological Society of London, Jun 10, 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

"Landsat and SRTM are my eyes on the ground. Without them I am totally blind. They are great gifts to humanity."

— Alain Gachet, Radar Technologies International founder and modern humanitarian water diviner, Jan 27, 2015

“A 35-year dataset in marine biology is really hard to find... But we need long-term data to understand climate change and how it impacts populations. This was an exponential increase in the amount of information available about kelp forests in Oregon.”

— Sara Hamilton, OSU marine biologist , on the importance of Landsat data for her work, Mar 5, 2020

“There are roughly 400 billion land pixels in a single [Landsat] global mosaic.” (With at least one image of every location on Earth per season every year, the entire 43-year Landsat record contains more than 50 trillion pixels.)

— Rama Nemani, Mar 26, 2015

"Moving out on Landsat 9 is a high priority for NASA and USGS as part of a sustainable land imaging program that will serve the nation into the future as the current Landsat program has done for decades."

— John Grunsfeld, NASA associate administrator for science, Apr 16, 2015

"Landsat is the longest civil satellite data collection we have. The USGS opening the archive has created opportunities for instructors like us to integrate students.”

— Ramesh Sivanpilla, University of Wyoming, Oct 29, 2019