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The MSS menu to your right provide information concerning the SPPA activities for this instrument. 


A brief description of the instrument and the mission operations are available in the sections below:

Sensor Description  |   Mission Operations Overview    

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The Multi Spectral Scanner (MSS) instrument on board Landsat 1-5 was built by SBRC (Santa Barbara Research Center) of Hughes Aircraft Company in Goleta, CA and flown on Landsat 1-5. The objective of MSS was to provide repetitive daytime acquisition of high-resolution, multispectral data of the Earth's surface on a global basis and to demonstrate that remote sensing from space is a feasible and practical approach to efficient management of the earth's resources. MSS is an opto-mechanical scanning instrument (whiskbroom technique, unidirectional operation) consisting of a double reflector-type telescope, scanning mirror, filters, detectors, and associated electronics.The MSS instrument had a spatial resolution of approximately 79 metres with four bands ranging from the visible blue to the Near Infra-Red (NIR). 

Further information on the Landsat spacecraft that hosted the MSS instrument, as well as information on the instrument itself is available here


Tazovsky District, Russia. Image credits: USGS/ESA

Landsat 2 MSS scene over the Tazovsky District, Russia, (RGB: 3-2-1). Image credits: USGS/ESA