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Landsat: A Global Land-Imaging Project

Fact Sheet 2010-3026

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Abstract

Across nearly four decades since 1972, Landsat satellites continuously have acquired space-based images of the Earth's land surface, coastal shallows, and coral reefs. The Landsat Program, a joint effort of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was established to routinely gather land imagery from space; consequently, NASA develops remote-sensing instruments and spacecraft, then launches and validates the satellites. The USGS then assumes ownership and operation of the satellites, in addition to managing all ground-data reception, archiving, product generation, and distribution. The result of this program is a visible, long-term record of natural and human-induced changes on the global landscape.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Landsat: A Global Land-Imaging Project
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2010-3026
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2010
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description:
4 p.
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N