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Posted on January 9th, 2024

The January Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest – Shree Muktinath Temple, Nepal

In December, we looked at Fort Bourtange, a star fort in the Netherlands. This month for the Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest, we check out Shree Muktinath Temple in Mustang, Nepal.

About the Point of Interest: Located in the Muktinath Valley at the bottom of the Thorong La mountain pass in Mustang, Nepal, Muktinath Temple is one of the world’s highest temples. It is situated at an altitude of over 12,000 feet and is considered sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. It is said to be the place where Lord Vishnu received salvation from the curse of Brinda. Those devoted to the temple believe it rose on its own. It is believed the construction initiative for the temple was given by the Nepali Queen, Sabarna Prabha.

These two images feature Shree Muktinath Temple in Mustang, Nepal. We love the colorful rooves that each of the historic structures display – in particular the deep blue almost purple roof really stands out! Image one is a 50-cm photo was captured by Pléiades 1A on July 16, 2022. The second image is a 30-cm image captured by Pléiades Neo 4 on June 13, 2023. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2024, Distribution Airbus DS.

Fun Factoids: (1) In Hinduism, it is one of the 108 Divya Desam’s and the only Divya Desam that is outside of India. (2) There are around 114 staircases to climb to reach the temple. (3) You would have to cover around 300 staircases to fully experience all of the temples, monuments, and sightseeing locations of the Muktinath Temple region; a porter service is available for those who are unable to climb stairs. (4) There are 108 bull-shaped spouts, pouring extremely cold water, which are shrines for the Hindu Gods. (5) Buddhists believe the temple is where the great sage Guru Rinpoche, who introduced Tibet to Buddhism, mediated. (6) History shows that Shabkar, a very famous Tibetan Yogi visited Shree Muktinath in 1818 and rested there for a while in order to connect with the temple.

The 50-cm Pléiades 1 High-Resolution Satellite Constellation

The Pléiades 1 constellation (or at least part of it!) has been in orbit since December 2011 and if you have not had a chance to check out any sample imagery, take a few moments and have a look at the gallery on our website. If you work with high-resolution imagery, you should consider Pléiades 1 and Pléiades Neo for your next geospatial projects.

A variety of Pléiades 1 products are available from both a well-established archive and as a new collection, including 50-centimeter (cm) pansharpened imagery and 50-cm panchromatic – 2-meter (m) 4-band multispectral bundles. We are happy to discuss the technical specifications, pricing and tasking options available with both of these satellite constellations.

The 30-cm Pléiades Neo High-Resolution Satellite Constellation

Pléiades Neo is our newest high-resolution satellite constellation. The first Neo satellite went up in April 2021 and the second in August of the same year. This 30-centimeter resolution constellation will add two more satellites in the next few months and upgrade from daily to intraday revisits. Pléiades Neo has six multispectral bands with 1.2-meter resolution, including a deep blue and two infrared bands, along with a 30-centimeter resolution panchromatic band.

The archive is growing every day, and the satellites are available for new collections, making Pléiades Neo the perfect solution for site monitoring. Check out our beautiful sample images in the Pléiades Neo gallery.

More sample images and technical information about Pléiades 1 can be found on our website here; while the same can be found here for the Pléiades Neo constellation.

The Apollo Mapping sales team can answer any questions you might have about Pléiades 1 and/or Pléiades Neo. We can be reached at (303) 993-3863 or

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