Planet Labs

Planet Labs Satellite

Studying satellite photographs shows a lot about what happens in the world.

Take a look at the two images below:

Can you find any differences between them?

From space, the differences seem subtle, however up close they represent major changes to the land and people nearby. In this case, the changes were used to detect the construction of illegal gold mines in Tambopata National Reserve, Peru. As a result, the reserve was protected and the local town’s water supply was saved from mercury poisoning. This is one of thousands problems that Planet Labs sets out to identify with its “miniature” satellites.


Planet Labs is able to take a picture of nearly every place on earth, nearly every day. That seems almost impossible, like a chaotic tangle of thousands of cameras circling above. However, Planet takes an organized approach to imaging the earth.


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