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The Landsat Program is the longest running enterprise for acqusition of imagery of the earth from space. The first Landsat satellite was launched in 1972; the most recent, Landsat 7, was launched on April 15, 1999. The instruments on the Landsat satellites have acquired millions of images. The images, archived in the United States and at Landsat receiving stations around the world, are a unique resource for global change research and applications in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education and national security.

The value of the Landsat Program was recognized by Congress in October, 1992 when it passed the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act (Public Law 102-555) authorizing the procurement of Landsat 7 and assuring the continued availabilty of Landsat digital data and images, at the lowest possible cost, to traditional and new users of the data.

This file provides information on the history and current status of Landsat. The focus is on the development of Landsat 7 and Landsat-type remote sensing of the earth in the 21st century.

Table of contents icon Table of Contents

- Listing of subpages and links contained in this page

Topics covered:

News icon Program News

- Summary of recent events and meeting announcements

Program summary icon Landsat Program Summary

- Information on the Landsat Program and Landsat data access

Chronology icon Program Chronology

- Major events in the Landsat Program from 1965 to the present

L7 summary icon Landsat 7 Summary

- Information on Landsat 7

Advisory process icon Advisory Process

- Questionnaire; mailer for comments, etc. and program documents

The Landsat Program is managed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA,) and the US Geological Survey (USGS.) The organizations directly responsible for the Landsat Program within these agencies are:

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This page is maintained at the Ecosystem Science and Technology Branch
of the Earth Science Division at Ames Research Center.

Author and curator:
Ed Sheffner - Cal. State Univ. Monterey Bay/Ames Research Center

Last revised: October 5, 1999

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