2017, as seen from space

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In 2017, we witnessed the largest single day protest in U.S. history, the first reused rocket launch, devastating natural disasters, and efforts to rebuild. At DigitalGlobe, we witnessed this global change from a unique vantage point. By capturing the year’s events with our industry-leading Earth imaging satellites, we provided critical information that helped scientists, first responders, innovators, and communities better understand what was happening and take action.

January 21st

Women’s march

On January 21, millions of people across the United States marched for women’s rights, racial equality, environmental protection, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, and other causes. It was the largest single day protest in U.S. history. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on January 21, shows the protest in Denver. See our latest tweets

March 10th

U.N. famine

On March 10, the United Nations’ top humanitarian official called for coordinated global efforts to stem the famine that has affected more than 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on December 2,shows one of the hardest hit areas in Dikwa, Borno State, Nigeria, where we see an increase of refugee and medical tents..

April 7th

U.S. airstrike in Syria

On April 7, the U.S. military launched 59 Tomahawk missiles that struck a Syrian airbase where a chemical weapons attack is believed to have originated. This image, taken on April 7 by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite, shows damaged aircraft and infrastructure at Al Shayrat airfield. Explore the human landscape

April 28th

Venezuelan protests

Venezuela’s years-long economic crisis reached new lows in 2017, with major shortages of food and medicine and the seizure of all legislative powers by the county’s supreme court in March, which sparked months of violent protests across the country. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on April 28, shows the nation’s busiest port, Puerto Cabello, which has seen import traffic drop dramatically over the past few years. Stay up-to-date with FirstLook

June 29th

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai

The island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai formed in late 2014 as the result of an underwater volcanic eruption in the Kingdom of Tonga. It was expected to wash away over the course of months, but it has persisted to become the first new island of its kind to sustain itself in more than 50 years. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on June 29, shows the newly formed volcanic island connecting two previously separate islands.

August 21th

U.S. solar eclipse

On August 21, a total solar eclipse was visible along a path that crossed the entire continental United States for the first time since 1918. This image, captured by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on August 19, shows an encampment of eclipse watchers in Big Summit Prairie, Oregon. See our latest tweets

August 30th

Hurricanes in the U.S. and Caribbean

From August through September, a series of powerful and deadly hurricanes devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Caribbean. DigitalGlobe activated itsOpen Data Programto support the humanitarian response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This image, taken on August 30 by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite, shows the extensive flooding in Brookshire, Texas. Download open data

October 1st

Las Vegas mass shooting

On October 1, a gunman at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas fired more than 1,100 rounds into a crowd of people at a nearby concert. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on October 2, shows the hotel and concert venue.

October 9th

Liberation of Raqqa and Mosul

In July, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Mosul had been liberated from the Islamic State after 9 months of fighting, marking a turning point in the conflict in Iraq. In October, U.S.-backed Syrian militias reclaimed the city of Raqqa, which had been the de facto capital of the Islamic State in Syria for three years. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on October 9, shows Syrian forces gathered in Raqqa’s iconic Al-Naim square surrounded by the ruins of destroyed buildings. Take action with SecureWatch

October 11th

California wildfires

California experienced the most deadly and destructive year for wildfires on record in 2017. DigitalGlobe activated itsOpen Data Programfor multiple fires in California, including the Tubbs fire that claimed 24 lives and burned 5,300 buildings in Northern California, and the Thomas and Creek fires currently burning in Southern California. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s GeoEye-1 satellite on October 11, shows the badly burned Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa. Download open data

October 14th

Mogadishu truck bomb

On October 14, a truck bomb exploded in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, which is thought to have been carried out by Al-Shabaab to target a compound housing international agencies and troops. It was the most deadly terror attack of 2017, killing 512 people and injuring 316. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite on October 16, shows the aftermath of the bombing. Take action with SecureWatch

October 27th

Catalonia declares independence from Spain

On October 27, the Catalan Parliament voted to declare its independence from Spain, prompting the Spanish Senate to impose direct rule under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on June 6, shows the Catalan Parliament building in Barcelona.

November 5th

Rohingya displacement

More than half a million Rohingya Muslims fled from the Rakhine province of Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh after government forces burned hundreds of their villages. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on November 5, shows the Nayapara refugee camp in Bangladesh. See our latest tweets

November 21st

Zimbabwe coup d'etat

On November 21, Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe for the past 37 years, stepped down following a military coup. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on August 2, shows Mugabe’s palace, nicknamed “Blue Roof,” where the deposed dictator is under house arrest. Stay up-to-date with FirstLook

November 21st

North Korea nuclear & ballistic missile activity

Throughout 2017, North Korea launched a series of increasingly capable ballistic missiles and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. This image, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on November 21, shows the factory in Pyongsong where the Hwasong-15 ICBM is believed to have been developed. Take action with SecureWatch

December 15th

SpaceX launch

On December 15, SpaceX launched the first mission to fly a reused orbital rocket and spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station. This image, taken on December 12 by DigitalGlobe’s GeoEye-1 satellite, shows the Falcon 9 rocket horizontal on the launch pad. See our latest tweets

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