Landsat 8 (aka LDCM) Spacecraft Animations and Still Images

  • Released Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:53PM

Landsat 8 (formerly known as LDCM, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission), a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, will provide moderate-resolution (15 meter - 100 meter, depending on spectral frequency) measurements of the Earth's terrestrial and polar regions in the visible, near-infrared, short wave infrared, and thermal infrared. There are two instruments on the spacecraft, the Thermal InfraRed Sensor (TIRS) and the Operational Land Imager (OLI).

Landsat 8 continues the nearly 50-year long Landsat land imaging data set. In addition to widespread routine use for land use planning and monitoring on regional to local scales, support of disaster response and evaluations, and water use monitoring, Landsat 8 measurements directly serve NASA research in the focus areas of climate, carbon cycle, ecosystems, water cycle, biogeochemistry, and Earth surface/interior.

Animation of Landsat 8 (formerly known as LDCM, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission) spacecraft in orbit around the Earth, highlighting the nadir apertures of the instruments. The satellite will travel at 7.5 km/second, circling the globe every 99 minutes at an altitude of 438 miles. LDCM will image a swath 185 km in width and complete about 14 orbits each day, thereby imaging Earth's land every 16 days.

Second animation of the Landsat 8 (formerly known as LDCM, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission) spacecraft in orbit around the Earth. The satellite will travel at 7.5 km/second, circling the globe every 99 minutes at an altitude of 438 miles. LDCM will image a swath 185 km in width and complete about 14 orbits each day, thereby imaging Earth's land every 16 days.

Artist's rendering of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from the solar panel side.

Artist's rendering of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) from the solar panel side.



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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.


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