LANCE: NASA Near Real-Time Data and Imagery

NASA's Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for Earth observations (LANCE) supports users interested in monitoring a wide variety of natural and human-created phenomena using near real-time (NRT) data and imagery that are made available much quicker than routine processing allows.


The Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on the International Space Station was decommissioned on November 16, 2023. There will be no further near real-time data from this instrument. Please see the Earthdata article Lightning Imaging Sensor's Nearly 25-Year Data Record Ends.

The processing of Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) NRT products has not resumed since the change in orbit altitude of NASA's Terra satellite in October 2022, which required major updates to Level 1 and Level 2 products. The processing of MISR standard products resumed on November 1, 2023. These products are available through Earthdata search.

Most LANCE data products are available within 3 hours from satellite observation, with imagery generally available 3 to 5 hours after an observation. If latency is not a primary concern, users are encouraged to use the standard science products, which are created using the best available ancillary, calibration, and ephemeris information.

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  • AIRS - Atmospheric Infrared Sounder
  • AMSR2 - Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2
  • ICESat-2 - Advanced Topographic Altimeter System (ATLAS) on the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite
  • MLS - Microwave Limb Sounder
  • MODIS - Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • MOPITT - Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere
  • OMI - Ozone Monitoring Instrument
  • OMPS - Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite
  • SMAP - Soil Moisture Active Passive
  • VIIRS-Atmosphere - Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite
  • VIIRS-Land - Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite
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