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As July settles in here in the USA, summer is definitely upon us! And in honor of this sweaty season, we declare that it’s time for a work break! But before you head outside to get some fresh air, check out this 50-centimeter Pléiades 1 satellite imagery collected over Masjid al Haram (or the Grand Mosque) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on July 22, 2021 at 11:01 AM local time. What makes this day and location special is that it is the last day of the 2021 Hajj pilgrimage which typically draws millions of visitors each year – making it one of the largest annual migrations of humans. However you can see that the crowds were significantly smaller in this COVID-impacted Hajj; and as a comparison, check out other images of the Hajj we have featured in past years, including 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
Have a great rest of your workday! ☺
(Image Courtesy: Airbus. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)