System-corrected Landsat Multi Spectral Scanner (MSS) dataEntry ID: DFD-LANDSAT_MSS
Abstract: General information about Landsat-MSS:
MSS is scanning the Earth`s surface from an near polar, sun synchronous orbit
with an inclination of 98.2 deg. The time for one revolution is 103 min (LS
1-3) or 99 min (LS 4-5) at a speed of 7.5km/sec. Starting at longitude 64.9
MSS scans the Earth by 233 overlapping pathes of each 185 km width. In order
to have a ... reference system these pathes will be cut into each 248 segments,
denoted as rows numbered from north to south.The resulting scenes (images),
recorded in 25.714 sec, hence are of size 183 km (W-E) * 172.8 km (N-S).
Neighbouring pathes show an overlap along-track of 6 km and a latitude-
dependent overlap across-track of 7.3 % at the equator.
The Visible and Near Infrared detectors are positioned in the primary
focal plane of the optical system :
band 1 (band 4) 0.50 - 0.60 microns VIS blue-green
band 2 (band 5) 0.60 - 0.70 microns VIS green-red
band 3 (band 6) 0.70 - 0.80 microns NIR
band 4 (band 7) 0.80 - 1.10 microns NIR
For further information look at the `infoboard` on ISIS (see below).
Description of the LANDSAT-MSS data set:
In total there are presently 873 images available. More than half of them are
coverring Germany; the others are spread all over the the world.
All images are system-corrected.
The dataset-size is 2280 lines * 3300 columns; about 32 MByte in total.
Every dataset consists of 4 spectral bands ( 2 visible and 2 near infrared).
The pixel size is 56 m x 79 m.
Via ISIS it is possible to order Landsat-MSS images; distribution on magnetic
tape or Exabyte. There are no online-data available.
The used data format is LANDSAT MSS Standard Format,
Access to the data:
On-line access to data and information is provided by the Intelligent Satellite
Data Information System ISIS, developed by DLR as a client / server
configuration. It is representing the interface of DLR-DFD to users, providing
an easy access to catalogue-, inventory-, browse- and general textual
The URl is: http://isis.dlr.de/.
Relevant procedures to access this system are described in a separate entry
in the catagory `Data Center` and may be queried by interested people. Access
presumes the installation of the client configuration which can be easily done
by the user on his computer configuration.
Start Date: 1972-07-25Stop Date: 1988-07-15
BIOSPHERE > TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS > WETLANDS
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > VEGETATION COVER
CRYOSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIERS
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > BIOMASS BURNING
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS > GLACIERS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > LAKES
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > RIVERS/STREAMS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > WETLANDS
LAND SURFACE > LAND USE/LAND COVER > LAND COVER
LAND SURFACE > TOPOGRAPHY > LANDFORMS
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > INFRARED WAVELENGTHS > INFRARED IMAGERY
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > INFRARED WAVELENGTHS > REFLECTED INFRARED
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS > VISIBLE IMAGERY
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > RIVERS/STREAM HABITAT
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > LAKES
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE HABITAT
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > WETLANDS
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > FIRE ECOLOGY > FIRE OCCURRENCE
ISO Topic Category
Distribution Media: on-line, 'http://isis.dlr.de/'
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: innerk at dfd.dlr.de
DLR/DFD Oberpfaffenhofen Muenchner Str. 20
Postal Code: D-82234
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: lotz at dfd.dlr.de
German Remote Sensing Data Centre DLR/DFD Muenchner Strasse 20
Postal Code: D- 82234
ESA/Earthnet Programme Format Specifications for Landsat MSS System
Corrected CCTs. Produced at Fucino (Italy), October 1979.
Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-04-20