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Missions

Explore the European Space Agency's Earth Observation satellite missions. Learn all about ESA's dedicated Earth Explorers or collaborations with other agencies through the Third Party Missions programme.

Landsat Series
Third Party Missions

Landsat Series

The Landsat series is the world's longest running system of satellites for moderate-resolution optical remote sensing for land, coastal areas and shallow waters.

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Landsat 8
Third Party Missions

Landsat 8

Landsat 8 is an Earth-imaging satellite from NASA which launched in 2013. The Landsat programme provides a global archive of satellite imagery and is managed and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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INSTRUMENTS

Explore the many instruments the European Space Agency use to observe the Earth. ESA offer data from a wide range of optical, radar, atmospheric, altimetric and gravimetric instrumentation.

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Third Party Missions

Thermal Infra-Red Scanner (TIRS)

TIRS on Landsat 8 is a thermal imager that supplements observations from the OLI instrument.