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Landsat 8 Scenes Top 1 Million

How many pictures have you taken with your smartphone? Too many to count? However many it is, Landsat 8 probably has you beat. Landsat 8 acquires images at a rate of about 750 per day, and just a little over 4 years after launch in February 2013, the Earth-observing satellite on May 31, 2017, acquired its 1 millionth scene!

Landsat 8 provides the highest quality data since the Landsat archive was established in July 1972 with the launch of Landsat 1. Landsat data support a vast range of applications in areas such as global change research, agriculture, forestry, geology, land cover mapping, resource management, water, and coastal studies.

This Landsat 8 scene is located northwest of the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia, and was acquired on May 31, 2017. It is one of the first almost cloud-free acquisitions after the one millionth scene was made available for download.

All Landsat data are distributed at no charge from EarthExplorer, GloVis NEXT, and the LandsatLook Viewer. Follow the Landsat Program on Twitter @USGSLandsat or Facebook @NASA.Landsat.

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May 31, 2017