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Sounds like you're talking about NASA's free World Wind [worldwind.arc.nasa.gov]. (It starts as a 180MB download, and then just eats drive space - IF you cache data.)
World Wind far surpasses anything else available (freely) online, but it's only worth the download if you're interested in more than seeing if you can spot your house from space.
Google's new satellite
imagery-based mapping product that combines 3D buildings and terrain with mapping capability and Google search. Based on Keyhole technology, Google Earth enables users to fly from space to street level views to find geographic information and explore places around the world.
I can see this being used in School Geography lessions! Population info would be great - as would being able to to type in Pyramids etc.
The different angles are amazing (though its only US cities that have been given the 3d treatment as far as I can see).
This is what I would love to have done with my site, given the resources... I have up and running a very low-grade version of the idea where you can zoom in by location and see samples of what the world looks like right there. But Google has the time and money to do it right!
I can see this being integrated into cars when onboard computers become more main stream.
It's already possible. If you have high speed wireless connection, a laptop with G-Earth installed, you can bind this with GPS and it will move in real time.
Is the end user (of any version of the product) allowed to use, manipulate, alter & republish the data for non-commercial purposes?
As a hypothetical example, can I take a Google-generated view of my town, save it, crop out the Google copyright (and anything else I don't want), resize it, add a red circle around my house, put the graphic on my personal website (whether it's commercial or not), add a citation (not a link to Google) - but only if I feel like it, say "Look! My house from space!", and not expect to run afoul of the authorities?
I suspect the answer is a resounding "No!," but you don't know unless you ask...
Kinda dissapointed at the (lack of) resolution in some areas but I guess that can only improved in time.
They should use this in schools, learning geography was never so much fun!
Doesn't work for me - bunch of errors when installing and running.
Odd - Google's photo viewer Picasa was the same.
There's something about my PC that Google doesn't like - and their testing doesn't catch.
Strange, because I can't think of another software vendor that I have any problems with - and I've got LOADS of stuff on this machine, that all works fine.
Shame - it looks awesome! (off to dig out another computer!)
No Mac version yet... but to Google's credit "we're working on it"
Yeah, I'm very disappointed in them for this. I know Windows rules by a long way, but even an aweful lot of free open source get ported to MAC, and those people have no funds at all. Google on the other hand has some massive fundage, plus a MUCH wider audience, so I would have expected them to dual-release versions for at least OS X & Linux.
The answer [earth.google.com], as I phrased the question, is indeed "no."
So on that note, I'd like to say "Thank You!" to the American taxpayers who have spent billions of dollars supplying the world with much the same data as used by Google, but in the public domain.