Landsat 8 to launch Feb. 11

Landsat based imagery of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina

Landsat based imagery of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina

Landsat satellite based earth imagery data and visualization is ubiquitous, and provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images are also invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief. NASA is continuing the nearly forty-year old program with the launch of Landsat 8 on February 11, 2013.  As  a joint initiative between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA, the Landsat Project and the data it collects support government, commercial, industrial, civilian, military, and educational communities throughout the United States and worldwide.

Print and electronic resources related to Landsat program, technology, and uses of the data are available from the Library by searching Lens for “Landsat.”

The following links provide detailed information on the Landsat program including press releases, program history, live views of launch preparations, datasets for download and more:

NASA Prepares for Launch of Next Earth Observation Satellite

USGS-NASA Landsat Program:

Landsat aims to maintain gold standard – [BBC World Service’s Science In Action programme]

USGS Views in the News:

USGS EROS Image Gallery:

Additional information, data downloads: Earth Explorer:

Additional information, data downloads: Glovis:


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