Image of the Week — 100 Million Landsat Downloads

♫ This Landsat 8 image
from May 24th, 2017 shows an enthralling
New Zealand landscape. Snow-capped mountain peaks,
forests, farmland, and fog highlight the picturesque view
of New Zealand’s North Island. The scene was downloaded on
March 9th, 2020 one of over 29,000 Landsat scenes
downloaded worldwide that day. But this scene is special. It marks the 100 millionth
downloaded from from the USGS EROS archive
since Landsat data became freely available
on October 1st, 2008. That’s one scene every 3.6 seconds
since the open policy began, and it’s a number that
wouldn’t be possible if the data weren’t free and open. These downloads help researchers
conduct countless land change studies and provide essential information
to help land managers and policymakers make wise decisions
about our resources and our environment. ♪♪♪ ♪♪ ♪

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