Landsat 8 Satellite Imagery Now Available

A sample of 2013 coastal orthoimagery

The latest satellite in the Landsat constellation was launched earlier this year on February 11, 2013. After a series of orbital checks and calibration procedures, NASA transferred operations to the USGS on May 30, 2013.

Landsat 8, known as LDCM before May 30, continues the legacy of global earth observation that began 40 years ago with the launch of the first Landsat satellite. Landsat image data are critical for energy and water management, forest monitoring, human and environmental health, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture.

Download Landsat 8 imagery free of charge from USGS EarthExplorer, LandsatLook or GloVis.

Landsat 8 is a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The new Operational Land Imager (OLI) onboard Landsat 8 captures two new spectral bands to:

  1. Observe coastal zone characteristics and
  2. Detect cirrus clouds.

Also on Landsat 8, the new Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) detects land surface temperature in two new narrow thermal bands. Additionally, refinements were made to the remaining Landsat heritage bands and a new Quality Assessment band is included in the available data files. Landsat 8 captures image data with a “pushbroom” design along a 185-km wide swath. The new satellite has a 38% increase in the number of scenes captured per day compared to Landsat 7.

Band comparisons Compare common band combinations between Landsat 8 and Landsat 5/7.

Scene footprints that cover Texas are shown in the map. Every scene, or path/row designation, is imaged every 16 days by Landsat 8. Image products are available within 12 hours of data reception. Scene Footprints of Texas

Download the Texas Landsat path/row shapefile: Landsat_WRS2_TX.zip).

Further information about the Worldwide Reference System-2.

Some of the first Landsat 8 images over Texas

West Texas basalt (volcanic) rock formation in Brewster County

Landsat 8 path 31 row 39 | 4/21/2013 | False color bands 752 | 30m pixel resolution West Texas Basalt Formation in Brewster County

The City of Houston, Trinity River, and Trinity Bay

Landsat 8 path 25 row 39 | 5/13/2013 | Natural color bands 432 (left) and color infrared bands 543 (right) | 30m pixel resolution

Use the Image slider to preview natural color versus infrared bands

Natural Color band of The City of Houston, Trinity River, and Trinity Bay Infra Red band of The City of Houston, Trinity River, and Trinity Bay

East Beltway 8 at US 90 in Houston

Landsat 8 path 25 row 39 | 5/13/2013 | False color bands 753 | 30m pixel resolution (left), pansharpened 15m pixel resolution (right) East Beltway 8 at US 90 in Houston, Full Description below

Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River in Palo Duro Canyon

Landsat 8 path 30 row 36 | 6/1/2013 | False color bands 753 | 30m pixel resolution Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River in Palo Duro Canyon

Brownsville and Matamoros

The City of Brownsville near the Texas coastline and the City of Matamoros in Mexico, north and south of the Rio Grande respectively

Landsat 8 path 26 row 42 | 5/4/2013 | Natural color bands 432 (left) and color infrared bands 543 (right) | 30m pixel resolution

Use the Image slider to preview natural color versus infrared bands

Natural Color band of Brownsville and Matamoros near Texas coastline Infra Red band of Brownsville and Matamoros near Texas coastline

Timelapse of El Paso Landsat starting in 1973

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