50 Years of Landsat

Landsat shows us Earth from space. We’re celebrating 50 years of the Landsat satellite, the first of which launched on July 23, 1972.

The latest in the series, Landsat 9, launched in September 2021.



For 50 years, the mission has collected data on the forests, farms, urban areas and freshwater of our home planet, generating the longest continuous record of its kind. Decision makers from across the globe use freely available Landsat data to better understand environmental change, manage agricultural practices, allocate scarce water resources, respond to natural disasters and more.

This natural color image of Eleuthera Island, the Bahamas, was taken by Landsat 9 on January 18, 2022. Between Landsat 8 and Landsat 9, the Landsat program delivers complete coverage of the Earth’s surface every eight days.

Image Credit: Michelle Bouchard using Landsat data from USGS

Editor: Yvette Smith