The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is the follow-on mission to Landsat 7 and will be the eighth mission in the Landsat series. The mission is in development via an interagency partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Interior (DOI) / United States Geological Survey (USGS). The LDCM satellite will carry two earth-observing sensors, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) to collect image data for nine spectral bands in the reflective portion of the spectrum and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) to collect coincident image data for two thermal spectral bands. The LDCM ground segment will control the satellite and will receive, process, archive, and distribute the science data collected by the OLI and TIRS instruments. The USGS Earth Resources Observation & Science Center (EROS) will distribute LDCM data products at no cost to requestors. The mission objective is to continues the Landsat program's collection, archive, and distribution of multispectral imagery affording global, synoptic, and repetitive coverage of the Earth's land surfaces at a scale where natural and human-induced changes can be detected, differentiated, characterized, and monitored over time. The LDCM launch readiness date is currently December, 2012.© (2010) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.