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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 Completes Test Simulating Harsh Space Environment
The Landsat 9 satellite has successfully completed its most strenuous environmental test…

"An engineering degree opens many doors. It has served me well."

— Jeanine Murphy-Morris, Mar 4, 2014

"Because of Landsat’s global purview and long history, it has become a reference point for all Earth observation work and is considered the gold standard of natural resource satellite imagery."

— Jed Sundwall, Mar 19, 2015

"It’s a treasure trove."

— Rebecca Moore, Jun 25, 2014

"Once you start playing around with Landsat, it kind of becomes your hammer."

— Al Shaw, a ProPublica investigative geo-journalist who worked on the "Losing Ground" project, Mar 10, 2016

"The primary archive available for reviewing the positions of coastlines and effects of sea-level rise is Landsat."

— John Trinder, Prof Emeritus, University of New South Wales, Australia, May 18, 2016

"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

"The value of the Landsat archive is that we have a long-term memory of the changes that have occurred across the Amazon frontier."

— Doug Morton, Chief of the Biospheric Sciences Lab at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Apr 19, 2021

“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

"We knew that ice had been retreating from this region recently but now, thanks to a wealth of freely available satellite data, we know this has been occurring pervasively along the coastline for almost half a century."

— Frazer Christie PhD student, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Jun 2, 2016

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

— Kimbra Cutlip, SkyTruth, Oct 3, 2016