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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

Virginia T. Norwood: The Mother of Landsat
We have Virginia Norwood to thank for the design and engineering that made the Landsat program…

“Remote sensing with satellites such as Landsat and sensors such as MODIS allows scientists to conduct a range of studies they wouldn’t otherwise be able to.”

— Karl Flessa, co-chief scientist of the Minute 319 Science Team, Dec 17, 2014

"We are learning more about cool things to do with Landsat at a faster rate than anytime in the past."

— Curtis Woodcock, Jul 9, 2015

"Without Landsat, 'we would be flying blind. We need those eyes in the sky to complement our ground efforts.'"

— Ulyana Nadia Horodyskyj, glaciologist and advisor to the Nepalese government on Himalayan glacial lakes and outburst floods, Dec 6, 2016

"Many of our customers’ work couldn’t be done without Landsat."

— Jed Sundwall, Mar 19, 2015

"This is an example of something government can do well: investing in infrastructure that broadly benefits society, and provides a stable platform for the development of businesses and economic activity. Landsat is the data equivalent of the interstate highway system, a public good that has spawned a thriving for-profit remote sensing industry in the US and beyond."

— Kimbra Cutlip, SkyTruth, Oct 3, 2016

“What a Landsat it is! The data are strikingly good and the delivery system is flawless. Landsat 8 arrives just as Landsat data use has exploded under the free data policy and the ability to deliver geolocated and atmospherically-corrected products… new and exciting applications are being revealed daily.”

— Alan Strahler, Nov 18, 2014

"@USGSLandsat @NASA_Landsat wrote the book on open data, how to do it right, how it creates businesses and benefits economy, and — of course — gifts the world with a 4+ decade *scientific* record of our planet's changing dynamics."

— Chris Herwig, Google GeoData Engineer, on 100 millionth Landsat download from USGS, Mar 11, 2020

"The availability and accessibility of remotely sensed digital imagery obtained from Landsat satellites allow coastal scientist—and more importantly community members—the opportunity to map, evaluate and continuously monitor shoreline movement at regular intervals given the unprecedented pace of Arctic climate change."

— Dr. Ravi Darwin Sankar, geologist with the Arctic Institute of North America & the University of Calgary in Canada, Dec 12, 2019

"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

"With these new [Landsat] data, we can begin to unravel the mechanisms by which the ice flow is speeding up or slowing down in response to changing environmental conditions.”

— Alex Gardner, research scientist at JPL, on mapping Antarctica's ice movement with Landsat, Mar 12, 2018