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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…

“I don’t think anyone could have seen this before these new maps were developed.”

— Catherine Walker, referring to the discovery of the likely cause of glacier speed-up on Antarctica's Wordie Ice Shelf based on Landsat-derived glacier velocity maps, Sep 25, 2017

"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

“I really believe that Landsat data made a change in how we perceive global change. All of the things we have done so far would not have been possible without the unique Landsat dataset”

— Dr. Patrick Hostert, Geomatics Lab, Humboldt University, Apr 18, 2018

"Assessing land cover change, especially the dynamics of smaller water bodies, requires spatial resolution and temporal frequency that are currently only available from the Landsat program. The continuation of the Landsat program will increase the data quantity available for analysis."

— Jennifer Rover, USGS, Dec 14, 2015

"Landsat makes it possible to compare images over almost 5 decades and makes the role of climate change unmistakable in this incredibly beautiful mountainous part of Alaska."

— Dr. Christopher Shuman, glaciologist with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Dec 11, 2019

"Our new interface specifically uses Landsat to track flow velocity fields of Greenland’s outlet glaciers and how they have changed over time."

— M. Scheinert Scheinert, Ralf Rosenau, and Benjamin Ebermann, Dec 29, 2016

"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

“Landsat is key to a wide range of applications that support global glacier monitoring and elucidate the impacts of global climate change.”

— Frank Paul, glaciologist, Nov 26, 2015

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

— Jeanine Murphy-Morris, Mar 4, 2014

"Continental scale applications of medium and high-resolution earth observation data are becoming increasingly important and feasible, driven largely by free and open access to the Landsat archive...the Landsat archive offers a temporal dimension for decades long retrospective analysis and ongoing monitoring capabilities."

— Sagar et al., 2018, Mar 20, 2018