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Using GIS to Analyze Satellite Images and Mars

Planet has become an Esri partner since 2019, when an ArcGIS Pro desktop add-in was released to allow users to easily access Planet satellite imagery. The imagery available through ArcGIS is intended to support a range of use cases for visualization and analysis, whether we are studying global climate change, performing vegetation analysis, or comparing potential site locations. For example, satellite imagery can be used for monitoring potential red tide events. A wide variety of users have been counting on this information to remain alert to potential health problems. In Hong Kong, some applications have been developed for analyzing satellite imagery with GIS to monitor slope movement and landslides. 


Integration of Planet satellite imagery with ArcGIS Pro allows users to visualize lands that have changed over time.


With the latest space rover Perseverance landed on Mars, NASA employed remote sensing technology such as flying a 4-pound helicopter to explore the red planet. After NASA received data from the remote sensors, scientists made use of computer programs such as Esri’s ArcGIS to examine things like the mineral compositions of rocks, the presence of water, and temperature differences based on the spectral response of these materials. Some scientists have used this technology to find clues to potential life on the red planet, such as silicates and carbonates.


Esri appreciates how GIS has made the joy of exploration and understanding more accessible to a wider audience, and our users have produced and shared maps and visualizations from around the world. With the web app developed with ArcGIS for exploring Mars, we can use a 3D application that enables your exploration of the Martian surface! To learn more, read the ArcGIS blog at



Esri’s Explore Mars site allows you to explore the surface of Mars and make some basic geospatial measurements.