Landsat eyes help guard the world's forests

Fact Sheet 2017-3018
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Summary

The Landsat program is a joint effort between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), but the partner agencies have distinct roles. NASA develops remote-sensing instruments and spacecraft, launches satellites, and validates their performance in orbit. The USGS owns and operates Landsat satellites in space and manages their data transmissions, including ground reception, archiving, product generation, and public distribution. In 2008, with support from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the USGS made its Landsat data free to anyone in the world.

The current satellites in the Landsat program, Landsat 7 (launched in 1999) and Landsat 8 (launched in 2013), provide complete coverage of the Earth every eight days. A Landsat 9 satellite is scheduled for launch in late 2020.

Suggested Citation

Campbell, Jon, 2017, Landsat eyes help guard the world's forests: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3018, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173018.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Landsat eyes help guard the world's forests
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2017-3018
DOI 10.3133/fs20173018
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Office of Communication and Publishing
Description 2 p.
Other Geospatial Earth
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N