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Google Adds Satellite Imagery to maps.google.com

better data than terraserver

     
4:00 am on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google has added sattelite imagery to maps.google.com. It's really great data. I've been hunting for property and use terraserver.microsoft.com for satellite imagery, but google's sattelite images are of better resolution, plus you get the killer UI.

They don't have topo maps yet, but that shouldn't be long since it is free data AFAIK.

they still don't have a simple legend nor do they admit when they can't find a spot - typical ;)

4:48 am on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Wow. [maps.google.com...]

Satellite link in the top right.

6:02 am on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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great stuff, as anounced two days ago...
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11:05 am on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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But there is only USA :(
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... and Canada.
3:29 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"But there is only USA"

coming soon I guess. I'm sure it cost the money to map everything. Not many people wanting to see Tibet or Zambia street addresses right now.

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Most excellent. And although I agree that zambia and Tibet might be a bit unnecessary, I can't help thinking that Europe and Japan might be worth a go.
4:17 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Lower Resolution images are available for other countries too.

The depth of color on the ocean beds is sooo neat.

4:25 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hmmm, kind of low res in my area, but pretty cool nevertheless.
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great stuff, as anounced two days ago...
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all he said was it worked in opera, not that there are satellite images

5:20 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Man, that's awesome. A little more zoom and I can spy on the neighbors. :)

<edit>Or they can spy on me!</edit>

5:34 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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IMO this is the coolest thing Google has ever done! I'd go as far to say that it's of the coolest thing I've ever seen online!
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> I'm sure it cost the money to map everything.

Indeed it did. What I find personally amusing though, is the fact that money (and development) for this project was being spent before Page & Brin were even born...

Now I haven't checked the whole planet, but it's obvious to me (the clouds don't lie!) that Google is using Landsat imagery.

First launched in 1972, the Landsat satellite series constitutes one of the longest continuous records in Earth observation. The objective of the Landsat program has always been to provide multispectral imagery of the Earth’s land areas at moderate resolution (30-90 meter horizontal resolution) to support resource assessment, land-cover mapping, and to track inter-annual changes in the environment.

If you really dig the imagery you're seeing via Google, you can - with some work & a powerful computer - download & create your own full-res version (8632 x 7716!) of your area of interest.

Global Land Cover Facility: glcf.umiacs.umd.edu/data/ [glcf.umiacs.umd.edu]

It's far too off-topic for me to get into what to do & where to go if you visit the GLCF, but if you're interested in more info, sticky me. (Enough interest will generate a Foo [webmasterworld.com] post...)

jcoronella lamented the fact that there is no topographic data available. Good news - GLCF also supplies SRTM data!

The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) obtained elevation data on a near-global scale to generate the most complete high-resolution digital topographic database of Earth. SRTM consisted of a specially modified radar system that flew onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour during an 11-day mission in February of 2000.
6:09 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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fantastic
6:17 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Niagara Falls - [maps.google.com...]
6:19 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"I can see my house from here!"

Great stuff.

7:04 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That's the best laugh I've had this month...

USA > Atlantic Ocean > Pacific Ocean > USA

So they ignore Europe for now. Fair enough.
But do Americans really need to be told where the Oceans are? Hmmmmm ....... so much for "Old Europe" ......

7:14 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Just awesome - congats G.
8:27 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Great stuff...can look at where you grew up, went to college, where you live now...
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I'm seeing amazing zoom detail in some places (where I grew up by the ocean for example) but not so great in others (where I live now). Maybe its because I live near a lot of military installations now (I'm not sure).
9:28 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Censored :(
white house [maps.google.com]
12:25 am on Apr 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"Censored
white house "

watch the feds execute one of the "sneak and peeks" on you :).

1:56 am on Apr 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Wow this is amazing. Now only if they could provide
real time imagery :)

If you look at capital hill, the image appears to be in lower resolution, however the pentagon is in high resolution. If they are censoring images, they are picking the wrong targets.

This week gizmo quiz, locate all 117 minutemen missle silos in kansas, using google satelite map feature :)

2:22 am on Apr 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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very cool indeed!

congrats google

4:33 am on Apr 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If you have a good computer, download NASA's World Wind (170mb). You can view the entire world using several different data sets. It has 1m resolution in the US and even better for some cities (checkout DC).

It's got better resolution than Google.

10:58 am on Apr 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Feature Requests:

- It would be good to just right click on the map over any monument/landmark and get to know what that place is, with a link to a Google Query for reading more information regarding that place.

Thus, currently Google places balloon icons for businesses for which it know latitude longitude, how cool would it be to be able to do just the "reverse", i.e right click on any part of the map and Google would be able to tell us what that place/maonument is! :)

So when a user just does a web search for say "Niagara Falls", Google would then even link to direct satellite maps for the same..
"See Niagara Falls Now...."

3:26 pm on Apr 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Mapquest had the same feature, and was removed after 9/11/01.
5:10 pm on Apr 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I would like to see latitude and longitude added as we use GPS a lot.

I am shocked at the lack of areas not provided, however I will remember that this is still a Beta.

Good stuff, and addicting!

8:56 pm on Apr 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This is brilliant. I had a look at the golden gate brifge and you can see the cars driving across it.

Does anyone know how to find Area 51 on this thing?

9:22 pm on Apr 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Area 51 - [maps.google.com...]

From Wikipedia - [en.wikipedia.org...]

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