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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Landsat 8 -
Full Name Landsat 8
aka L8, Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), Landsat-8
Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies USGS, NASA Launch Date 11 Feb 2013
Mission Links mission site | mission site | data access portal EOL Date May 2023
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 98.9 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 98.2 deg
Orbit Altitude 705 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 10:11 Repeat Cycle 16 days
Objectives and Applications 10-year nominal mission life. Earth resources, land surface, environmental monitoring, agriculture and forestry, disaster monitoring and assessment, ice and snow cover.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereCloud type, amount and cloud top temperature OLI, TIRS
Radiation budget OLI, TIRS
LandAlbedo and reflectance OLI, TIRS
Landscape topography OLI
Vegetation OLI, TIRS
Surface temperature (land) OLI, TIRS
Multi-purpose imagery (land) OLI, TIRS
OceanOcean colour/biology OLI
Ocean topography/currents OLI
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean) OLI
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth OLI, TIRS
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness OLI, TIRS
Mission Instruments
OLI - Operational Land Imager
TIRS - Thermal Infrared Sensor
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