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Landsat 9 Arrives at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Preparation for Launch
The Landsat 9 satellite has arrived at the VSFB on the central coast of California.

"That is one cool thing about Landsat... people are always finding new applications."

— Jeff Masek, Landsat 9 Project Scientist, Dec 17, 2020

“An alert system operating at the scale presented here depends on systematic global acquisitions, robust preprocessing, and free and accessible data. Only Landsat has these criteria at medium spatial resolutions, with Sentinel aspiring to emulate Landsat.”

— Matt Hansen, University of Maryland, Apr 27, 2016

“The growth of open satellite-image archives such as Landsat is leading to more sophisticated data products.”

— Andrew K. Skidmore, et al., Jul 23, 2015

“Thanks to satellites and to science, we now know much more about Earth than we did on the first Earth Day fifty years ago.”

— Dr. Michael Freilich, former director of NASA’s Earth Science division, Apr 30, 2020

"Landsat provides an unparalleled record of how terrestrial Earth has changed since the early 1970s, closely coinciding with the beginning of rapid environmental change. It provides important historical context for the current state of land cover and land use and provides a reference for identifying abnormal types and rates of change."

— Justin Braaten, Google Earth Engine technical writer/coder, Mar 25, 2021

"If you really want to have a long history of understanding any process in the Earth, Landsat is where you should go."

— Tasso Azevedo, MapBiomas Initiative, Apr 19, 2021

"The tracking of over-irrigated areas for targeting irrigation advisory texts was completely dependent on Landsat TIR data."

— Indira Bose, Wolf Water Resources, Apr 20, 2021

"The US satellite series—its current flier is named Landsat 8—pioneered the science of monitoring the planet from orbit. It has assembled a continuous record of the world's fluctuating features that stretches back more than 40 years. In satellite terms, it is the gold standard."

— Jonathan Amos, Feb 25, 2015

“By using Landsat 8 imagery, and classification tree analysis, which is an advanced artificial intelligence routine, we have been able to construct a reliable classification system to identify cheatgrass infestations that is accurate. This has implications for fire susceptibility. Cheatgrass is driving wildfire on rangelands and we need to identify areas that have heightened susceptibility to wildfire.”

— Keith Weber, director of the Idaho State University GIS Center, Aug 7, 2015

"Landsat enabled us to collect a multi-decadal record of the [river] reaches at almost annual resolution. By extending our record into the past we were able to examine how the reaches changed through time providing us with a truly invaluable dataset."

— Joshua Ahmed, Cardiff University, Dec 18, 2015