Landsat Archive to be Made Available at No Charge

Our readers Michelle and Ed both gave me a heads-up on the USGS’ plans and timeline for making the entire Landsat archive of imagery (with less than 20% cloud cover) available for download at no charge. The Landsat program has been an amazing success story, and its archives are really an incredible resource for research and education.

Here’s the current timeline for when each type of data will be available for download through the Internet (thanks Michelle):

Landsat 7 – all new global acquisitions – July 2008
Landsat 7 – all data – September 2008
Landsat 5 – all TM data – December 2008
Landsat 4 – all TM data – January 2009
Landsat 1-5 – all MSS data – January 2009

To check out Landsat scenes, head over to the USGS Global Visualization Viewer, or the USGS Earth Explorer.

One Comment to Landsat Archive to be Made Available at No Charge

  1. This generous gesture will leverage researchers efforts particularly those from 3rd world countries that can not afford the cost of imageries.

    I will passionately request that this generosity extends to us and not limited to those who can afford it with research grants.

    May someone with like mind extend this to other high resolution imageries like quickbird and Ikonus.

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