The new ‘planetary time machine’ with huge potential for global learning

On Friday, Planet launched Planet Explorer Beta, an online tool that allows users to browse geospatial data through time and track changes across the globe. The introduction of a time axis is of great importance and it is being aptly marketed as ‘your planetary time machine’ – ‘ours’ because it is free for personal and non-profit use*. Planet, who recently acquired Google’s Terra Bella satellite imaging business, has the largest fleet of satellites in human history and its constellation of 149 satellites allows for the collection of new imagery of the Earth every day.

Planet’s CEO, Will Marshall, announced:'With Planet Explorer Beta, users can for the first time browse and see change month by month across the whole planet: every port, every farm, every forest, every city… The goal of Planet Explorer is to enable users, both commercial and humanitarian, to browse the imagery we have and understand how it can meet their needs. We hope this will lead to more commercial partnerships and ensure humanitarian benefits are enabled'.

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