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Landsat 8 images available free of charge


Date: 02/07/2013


Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data. Four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. On 30 May 2013, data from the Landsat 8 satellite (launched as the Landsat Data Continuity Mission – LDCM – on 11 February 2013) became available over the Internet free of charge. Data collected by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) onboard the spacecraft since 11 April 2013 are now available to download from EarthExplorerGloVis, and the LandsatLook Viewer. Learn what each of the 11 bands of Landsat 8 images are good for.  

(USGS, 30/05/2013)

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