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Landsat

Watch a QuickTime clip of the Landsat Program teaser video.

Download broadcast-quality versions of this video.
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The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Since 1972, Landsat satellites have collected information about Earth from space. This science, known as remote sensing, has matured with the Landsat Program.

Through four decades, Landsat satellites have taken specialized measurements of Earth's continents and surrounding coastal regions, enabling people to study many aspects of our planet and to evaluate the dynamic changes caused by both natural processes and human practices. The long record of Landsat spectral information is a historical archive unmatched in quality, detail, coverage, and length.

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Landsat 8 - formerly called the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)

The eigth satellite in the long-running Landsat program was built by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
link to gallery item Landsat 8 Spacecraft Animations

Landsat 8 Spacecraft Animations

A collection of animations and still images of Landsat 8.
link to gallery item Landsat 8 Video File

Landsat 8 Video File

Broadcast quality video package.
link to gallery item Landsat 8 Launch

Landsat 8 Launch

February 2013 launch of the 8th Landsat satellite
link to gallery item Landsat Orbit Swaths

Landsat Orbit Swaths

Landsat orbits 14½ times each day, and covers the globe in 16 days.
link to gallery item Landsat's Onion-skin bands

Landsat's Onion-skin bands

Landsat's sensors record several wavelengths, which can be used individually or in combination.
link to gallery item Landsat 8's First Year

Landsat 8's First Year

Landsat 8 celebrates its first year in orbit.
link to gallery item The Long Swath

The Long Swath

From Russia to South Africa, Landsat observes land cover and land use change.
link to gallery item Landsat 8 Overview

Landsat 8 Overview

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission is the 8th satellite in the 40-year successful Landsat program.
link to gallery item TIRS Overview

TIRS Overview

An introduction to the Thermal InfraRed Sensor on Landsat 8
link to gallery item TIRS Gets Packed to Ship

TIRS Gets Packed to Ship

Timelapse of 92 hours as the team cleans, bags, and packs TIRS to join the rest of the spacecraft.
link to gallery item TIRS Passes 1st Thermal Testing

TIRS Passes 1st Thermal Testing

Video showing the engineers bringing TIRS out of its first round of thermal-vacuum testing.
link to gallery item Thermal Radiation and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Thermal Radiation and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Electromagnetic Spectrum Example
link to gallery item OLI Gets Pre-Ship Review

OLI Gets Pre-Ship Review

The Operational Land Imager gets checked over before being shipped to Orbital Sciences Corp. in AZ.
link to gallery item Landsat 8 Launch Animation

Landsat 8 Launch Animation

L8 lifts off from Vandenburg AFB on top of an Atlas V rocket!

Water

Nearly 80% of the freshwater in the Western U.S. is used for irrigating crops.
link to gallery item Vermilion Parish, LA

Vermilion Parish, LA

It's marshland vs. ocean on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.
link to gallery item Rebuilding Poplar Island

Rebuilding Poplar Island

After decades of disappearing into the Chesapeake Bay, Poplar Island is being rebuilt.
link to gallery item Irrigation in Saudi Arabia

Irrigation in Saudi Arabia

Even in the desert there is water, if you drill deep enough.
link to gallery item A Space Age Water Gauge

A Space Age Water Gauge

Landsat data is an impartial tool to allocate precious water resources
link to gallery item Evapotranspiration From Landsat

Evapotranspiration From Landsat

Thermal infrared data from Landsat is used to determine how much water is used in a farm field
link to gallery item Evaporation and Transpiration

Evaporation and Transpiration

An illustration explaining the process of evapotranspiration.
link to gallery item Dead Sea Salt Farming

Dead Sea Salt Farming

View changes in the Dead Sea over 40 years as salt farms multiply.
link to gallery item Three Gorges Dam, China

Three Gorges Dam, China

See the impact of the giant Three Gorges dam on the Yellow River.
link to gallery item Mississippi River Flooding, 2011

Mississippi River Flooding, 2011

Severe flooding along the Mississippi River in Spring 2011.
link to gallery item Smith Island, MD, 1983-2011

Smith Island, MD, 1983-2011

Changes to Smith Island, MD and Tangier Island, VA, (Chesapeake Bay).
link to gallery item The Changing Chesapeake Bay

The Changing Chesapeake Bay

Landsat monitors water quality in the Chesapeake Bay
link to gallery item Irrigating Saudi Arabia

Irrigating Saudi Arabia

Mining water for food in the dessert

Forest

link to gallery item Life History of a Pixel

Life History of a Pixel

Landsat's data archive allows us to trace the life history of each spot of land.
link to gallery item Landsat Users Agriculture

Landsat Users Agriculture

Vineyards and forest management companies both rely on Landsat data.
link to gallery item Mapping The Future With Landsat

Mapping The Future With Landsat

Landsat was used to identify areas of forest conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
link to gallery item Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Timelapse of Yellowstone Park after large wildfires in 1989.
link to gallery item Mt. St. Helens, 1979-2011

Mt. St. Helens, 1979-2011

Watch the forest recover after the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption.
link to gallery item Global Rate of Deforestation

Global Rate of Deforestation

Graphic comparing three images of the U.S. National Mall.
link to gallery item Deforestation in Brazil, 1975-2012

Deforestation in Brazil, 1975-2012

Observe the spreading loss of Amazon forest in western Brazil, in the state of Rondonia.
link to gallery item Forest changes in Trinity County

Forest changes in Trinity County

Wildfires and logging have made their imprint on forests in Trinity County, California.
link to gallery item Logging in Southeastern US

Logging in Southeastern US

Forest loss from timber harvesting and mountain top removal mining in the Southeast US, 2005-2010.
link to gallery item Mountaintop Removal Mining on Eastern Seaboard of US

Mountaintop Removal Mining on Eastern Seaboard of US

Flyover the Eastern US, highlighting areas of forest loss, 2005-2010.
link to gallery item Wildfire and Pine Beetles

Wildfire and Pine Beetles

Investigating the link between insects and forest fires.

Food

link to gallery item Landsat Users Agriculture

Landsat Users Agriculture

Vineyards and forest management companies both rely on Landsat data.
link to gallery item Crop Irrigation in Saudi Arabia

Crop Irrigation in Saudi Arabia

Even in the desert there is water for crops, if you drill deep enough.
link to gallery item Dalhart, Texas 1972-2011

Dalhart, Texas 1972-2011

A 40 year sequence of Landsat images showing the dry Texas panhandle near the town of Dalhart.
link to gallery item A Space Age Water Gauge

A Space Age Water Gauge

Landsat data is an impartial tool to allocate precious water resources.
link to gallery item Evaporation and Transpiration

Evaporation and Transpiration

An illustration explaining the process of evapotranspiration.
link to gallery item Evapotranspiration From Landsat

Evapotranspiration From Landsat

Thermal infrared data from Landsat is used to determine how much water is used in a farm field.

Urban Growth

link to gallery item Las Vegas 1972-2010

Las Vegas 1972-2010

The city explodes across the desert!
link to gallery item Phoenix 1972-2012

Phoenix 1972-2012

Agriculture shifts to neighborhoods over the course of four decades.
link to gallery item Bejing, 1978 and 2010

Bejing, 1978 and 2010

One of the oldest and one of the most crowded cities in the world.
link to gallery item City Growth on Flickr

City Growth on Flickr

Cities around the world have grown under Landsat's watch. Our Flickr page has then and now comparisons.
link to gallery item US Cities

US Cities

U.S. cities as viewed by Landsat.

Glaciers and Ice

link to gallery item The Coldest Place

The Coldest Place

The Coldest Place on Earth is in Antarctica
link to gallery item Columbia Glacier, Alaska

Columbia Glacier, Alaska

The Columbia Glacier has retreated more than 12 miles since 1980.
link to gallery item Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland

Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland

Greenland's largest outlet glacier has receded over 40km since 1850
link to gallery item Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica

Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica

The first ever, high-resolution, true color map of Antarctica.

Landsat Program History

link to gallery item Landsat Program Timeline

Landsat Program Timeline

A program spanning 40 years and 8 satellites, compressed to one graphic. Plus, links to get more information about all Landsat satellites.
link to gallery item From The Archives

From The Archives

A look back at the early years of Landsat.
link to gallery item Landsat 40th Live Shot

Landsat 40th Live Shot

LDCM Project Scientist Jim Irons is interviewed on live TV.
link to gallery item Best of

Best of "Earth As Art"

The Top 5 images from the USGS "Earth As Art" collection.
link to gallery item Landsat 7 Spacecraft Animations

Landsat 7 Spacecraft Animations

Animations of Landsat 7 in orbit around the Earth.
link to gallery item Landsat 5 Turns 25 Years Old

Landsat 5 Turns 25 Years Old

In 2009, Landsat 5 completed 25 years of collecting data - 22 years beyond its design life.


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