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lazlo
02-04-2009, 04:48 PM
One of my cube-mates worked on the new 'historical imagery' feature of Google Earth 5.0, which was launched on Monday. You can pick a spot and scroll forward and backward over time:

http://earth.google.com/tour.html#v=2

Google Earth 5.0 also adds an ocean layer, including famous shipwrecks like the Titanic, and a 3D map of the Mars with the latest high-resolution imagery, 3D terrain, and annotations showing landing sites and the paths of the Mars Rovers. You can now fly around the surface of Mars and look at the 3D rendered Mars Rover pictures :)

http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/bto/20090202/Picture_6_610x502.png

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10154741-52.html

Alistair Hosie
02-04-2009, 05:00 PM
good job lazlo looks great I am a bit tired tonight but will try again tomorrow.Alistair

.RC.
02-04-2009, 06:31 PM
The last version ruined google earth for me..They removed the bar that allowed you to get a view from other then 90 degrees and replaced it with some abortion of an idea..

lazlo
02-04-2009, 07:02 PM
Note that when you click on the Google Earth download button, a EULA (Software License) page will pop up.

Make sure you uncheck "Download Google Chrome."

lazlo
02-04-2009, 07:12 PM
Check it out -- I found my house on Google Earth! :)

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/MyHouse.jpg

BillH
02-04-2009, 07:19 PM
Check it out -- I found my house on Google Earth! :)

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/MyHouse.jpg
Wow you live on the Anus of Mars

Liger Zero
02-04-2009, 07:20 PM
Check it out -- I found my house on Google Earth! :)

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/MyHouse.jpg

Was that taken before or after you decided to try cutting open those old propane tanks? :eek:

Evan
02-04-2009, 07:32 PM
NASA Worldwind does all that and has 3D Venus and Moon too. Venus is really strange. The imagery is from side looking radar. Some of the terrain on Venus just doesn't make any sense.

lazlo
02-04-2009, 08:18 PM
I found my boat too. Where's the other half? :)

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u15/rtgeorge_album/titanic.jpg

By the way, Google Earth is now tightly integrated with Wikipedia, so if you double-click on the Titanic pieces, it brings up a Google Earth pop-up window with the Wikipedia entry for the Titanic, and any points of interest in the article are cross-referenced to the 3D map display.

The text-base search is still lousy, which is odd for Google: typing "Titanic" in the search box brings up a bunch of street names and restaurants. "Titanic Shipwreck" didn't work until I was over the North Atlantic.

mlucek
02-04-2009, 08:30 PM
You can dive underwater too and fly around - very cool !!

Google Earth allows exploration of oceans, Mars (AP) (http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090202/ap_on_hi_te/tec_google_earth)

Evan
02-04-2009, 08:33 PM
Here is some of the bizarre terrain on Venus from NASA Worldwind. There just isn't a good explanation for these formations and markings.

http://metalshopborealis.ca/pics5/wwindv.jpg

lazlo
02-04-2009, 08:57 PM
Evan, I tried World Wind, but it has extremely outdated photos, and the photos are much lower resolution than Google Earth's. Also, you can't search World Wind by location ("Kennedy Space Center", "Pyramids", "Lincoln Memorial", ...) you have to type in the lat/long.

dp
02-04-2009, 09:07 PM
Those patterns look like tornado and dust devil tracks. You see those all over the corn belt and here in Eastern Washington. Here's a small set on Mars:

http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/images/2007/details/PSP_001481_2410.jpg

And this section of Saudi Arabia is fascinating:

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&q=saharan+dust+devil+tracks&ie=UTF8&ll=21.624239,49.084167&spn=1.460443,2.136841&t=h&z=9

Teenage_Machinist
02-04-2009, 09:19 PM
Wow. Google keeps pwning!

MPHJUNKIE
02-04-2009, 09:43 PM
[QUOTE=Evan]Here is some of the bizarre terrain on Venus from NASA Worldwind. There just isn't a good explanation for these formations and markings.

http://metalshopborealis.ca/pics5/wwindv.jpg[/Q
The first thing I thought of was a time lapse photo.

Evan
02-04-2009, 10:30 PM
If those are dust devil tracks then they are enormous. The scale on those is that each bright line is at least a couple of kilometers wide. More important is that these are radar reflections so the features need to be physically rougher by orders of magnitude to show up.

Robert,

You might try WorldWind 1.4. It has global place name search, Yahoo search and Virtual Earth search. It will also search by address. It has the latest high res photography and all sorts of plugins including earthquake and stock markets real time displays.

dp
02-04-2009, 10:51 PM
The look down radars I used to work on could paint wind gusts blowing across wheat fields. I think they'd have little trouble picking out disturbed surface artifacts.

wierdscience
02-04-2009, 11:16 PM
Evan, I tried World Wind, but it has extremely outdated photos, and the photos are much lower resolution than Google Earth's. Also, you can't search World Wind by location ("Kennedy Space Center", "Pyramids", "Lincoln Memorial", ...) you have to type in the lat/long.

How much older?The Google Earth sat images of my town are at least 3-1/2 years old.

Evan
02-05-2009, 01:17 AM
The look down radars I used to work on could paint wind gusts blowing across wheat fields. I think they'd have little trouble picking out disturbed surface artifacts.

Through an atmosphere 60 miles deep and 100 times denser?

dp
02-05-2009, 02:07 AM
Through an atmosphere 60 miles deep and 100 times denser?
Well, the picture is proof the radar works, is it not? My bet would be tornado scale winds vs dust devils though with the density involved it may not require much for a good scour. The opportunity for thermal gradient is there and that's what it takes to wind up a good tornado.

Evan
02-05-2009, 04:47 AM
So, I looked it up. The resolution of the radar mapper was around 100 to 75 meters, best case. Those features would need to be at least 1/2 kilometer wide to show up as they do.

There is no substantial thermal gradient on Venus. Even with the very slow rotation the day and night sides have the same temperature. The atmosphere is so massive and opaque that it doesn't cool off. To give some idea the atmosphere at ground level is about 1/10 the density of water. The Venera landers didn't require parachutes, just a turbulator ring around the circumference of the craft.