About Landsat 7
The Landsat program is a joint USGS and NASA-led enterprise for Earth Observation that represents the world's longest running system of satellites for moderate-resolution optical remote sensing for land, coastal areas and shallow waters.
Landsat 7 was launched in 1999 and remains operational. The Scan Line Corrector failed in 2003, however, causing data acquisitions to be degraded.
|Launch Date||15 April 1999|
|Orbit Height||705 km|
|Orbit Type||Sun-synchronous polar|
|Repeat Cycle||16 days|
|End of Service||Still operational|
|Orbit Period||99 min|
|Equatorial Crossing time||10:00 a.m|
|Onboard sensors provided under TPM||Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+)|
Landsat 7 is part of ESA's Third Party Missions Programme, in which ESA has an agreement to distribute data products from the missions.
Landsat 7 Objectives
Landsat 7 continues the goal of the Landsat programme to image repetitively Earth's land and coastal areas with the aim of monitoring changes to those areas over time. The satellite continues to provide data continuity for the Thematic Mapper aboard Landsat 4 and 5, utilising an enhanced version of the instrument.
Landsat 7 Instruments
Landsat 7 Data
Download data from the Landsat-7 mission through the ESA Landsat Online Dissemination System. The data is freely available to registered EO Sign In users.
ESA offers registered users access through the Online Dissemination server to the following Landsat 7 data collection:
- Landsat 7 ETM+ (Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus) Geolocated Terrain Corrected Systematic processing (LANDSAT.ETM.GTC): Landsat 7 ETM+ ortho-rectified Level 1T dataset acquired by ESA stations (Europe, including Greenland and West Africa)
Landsat 7 data can be processed using the HEDAVI tool. The HEDAVI (HEritage DAta Visualisation) service enables users to discover a wealth of heritage data from ESA's ERS and Envisat missions, as well as from Landsat 5 and Landsat 7.
Quality Control is monitoring routinely the status of the spacecraft (payload and platform) and to check if the derived products meet the quality requirements along mission life-time. Learn about the quality control activities for the ETM instrument: