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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…

"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

“I saw more use of Landsat as the gold standard of calibration than I’ve ever seen in the past. Most of the commercial vendors I heard from called out Landsat as the gold standard. Even the European vendors called out Landsat, which I thought was unique."

— Greg Stensaas, manager of the Requirements, Capabilities and Analysis for Earth Observation (RCA-EO) project and JACIE coordinator for EROS, Oct 5, 2018

"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 are in this unique position where we have ice core records from these mountaintops, and Landsat has these detailed images of the glaciers, and if we combine those two data sets, we see clearly what is happening.” 

— Lonnie Thompson, professor of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist at Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, Jun 28, 2021

"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

"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

“With 32 years’ worth of data — and ongoing data collection — the Landsat data record (satellites 5, 7 and 8) captures the decadal and interannual variability in forest losses and gains needed to drive global carbon cycle models.”

— Doug Morton, Apr 1, 2016

"Sterling service of over four decades of Earth Observations. No ifs, no buts, just a long-term mission to aid science & society."

— Prof. Chris Rizos, Geodesy & Navigation at University of New South Wales; commenting on the Landsat 8 5-year anniversary, Feb 14, 2018

"Since late 2008, when Landsat data was made available to all users free of charge, over 22 million Landsat scenes have been downloaded through the USGS-EROS website—and the rate of downloads is still increasing."

— USGS press release, Jan 14, 2015

"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