Benefits from Landsat: Postcard Series

February 22, 2021 • For nearly half a century, Landsat has shaped our understanding of Earth. Since the launch of the first Landsat satellite in 1972, the mission has gathered and archived more than 8 million images of our home planet’s terrain – from crop fields to sprawling cities, from forests to shrinking glaciers.

These data-rich images are free and publicly available, leading to scientific discoveries and helping to inform resource management. Landsat 9 will continue this valuable partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

A series of 13 postcards—each with a stunning Landsat image—has recently been released. The postcards share how Landsat helps us better understand our planet in eight different realms (Glaciers & Ice, Land, Volcanoes, Urban Growth, Food, Forest, Fire, Desert), and how that benefits us humans.

Our new “Benefits from Landsat” postcards can be downloaded here. Enjoy!

AgricultureCarbon & ClimateDisasters
 Agriculture Carbon & Climate Disasters
Ecosystems & BiodiversityEnergyFire
 Ecosystems & Biodiversity Energy Fire
Forest ManagementHuman HealthIce
 Forest Management Human Health Ice
Urban GrowthWaterLandsat 9
 Urban Growth Water Landsat 9