Google maps the solar system for armchair space travelers

October 17, 2017 by  
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Google has recently added 12 celestial bodies to its Google Maps application. Although armchair space travelers have been able to virtually cruise around the Moon and Mars for years, the list of planets and moons to discover now includes Mercury, Venus, the dwarf planets of Ceres and Pluto, six of Saturn’s moons, and three moons of Jupiter, including Io and Europa. The additional content would not have been possible without Cassini, the recently deceased spacecraft that captured hundreds of thousands of images as it traveled the galaxy over the past two decades. To compile these digital versions of objects in our solar system, the team at Google Maps used images captured by NASA, ESA, and other space agencies and combined them to create a seamless scrollable map, if enough high quality images were available, or a general overview of the planet or moon. Through these maps, earthbound space travelers can explore the mountains , valleys, and wide open plains of planets like Mars or moons like Titan. To reach the outer space section of Google Maps, all you have to do is zoom out far enough from Earth. Related: Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is almost ready to launch into outer space Many of the images used to create the Google Maps of our solar system were gathered through the Cassini-Huygens mission, commonly referred to as Cassini for the Cassini orbiter probe which traveled from Earth to Saturn. Huygens refers to the Huygens lander, which achieved the first landing ever in the outer solar system when it arrived on Saturn’s moon of Titan in 2005. In its 20-year flight,  Cassini  captured countless, invaluable photographs of the solar system and was widely recognized as a “mission of firsts” for the way in which its discoveries revolutionized the way we understand our solar system. Thanks for  Cassini, Google’s Maps are filled with breathtaking images for people to explore from wherever there is Internet access. Via New Atlas and Google Images via Google Maps

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Demolition company tears down wrong home after Google Maps error

April 1, 2016 by  
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After a tornado damaged their duplex, owners Lindsay Diaz and Alan Cutter were starting to rebuild until a demolition company destroyed their Rowlett, Texas home on accident. The company said Google Maps directed them to the wrong address; they were supposed to tear down a home just one block away. Read the rest of Demolition company tears down wrong home after Google Maps error

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Beautiful Våler church in Norway pays homage to a 19th century church that burned down

April 1, 2016 by  
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New interactive map reveals site of fracking accidents across the US

December 29, 2015 by  
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Concerned about the safety of fracking operations in your area? An interactive map created by the environmental group Earthjustice using Google Maps will show you exactly how many fracking accidents have happened in your state — and depending on where you live, the visual is alarming. Read the rest of New interactive map reveals site of fracking accidents across the US

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Vela is the bike of the future in the body of a classic cruiser

July 20, 2015 by  
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  Vela is the bike of the future, wrapped up in the body of a classic fixed-gear cruiser.  The beautiful, electric single-speed cruiser comes with a Li-ion 370Wh removable battery, GPS tracking, anti-theft alarm system, and a control panel with a USB port, battery life LED indicator, and charging port. With a battery  range of at least 20 miles and full charging in 90 minutes, it can take you anywhere you need to go. Users can track Vela via GPS on their Google Maps application – compatible with iOS and Android. An internal 100dB motion sensitive, remote controlled sound alarm activates if anyone tries to steal it, and the Pure Pedal Assist System allows a clean look without throttles or switches. In fact, all of the electronics – including the wires, connectors, circuits, and the battery – are inside the Chromoly Steel classic frame. Hop over to Vela to snap up one of your very own. + Vela Bike The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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A Forest in Minnesota is Shaped Exactly Like the State Itself

April 1, 2014 by  
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It may look like a craftily Photoshopped April Fools’ joke, but this forest in Minnesota, visible on Google Maps , is shaped exactly like the state itself. The forest bares incredible resemblance to the MN border and, according to an ex-forester, has been around for some time. If this oddity leaves you unimpressed, check out the Minnesota-shaped lake located in the central part of the state. Read the rest of A Forest in Minnesota is Shaped Exactly Like the State Itself Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DNR Division of Forestry , forest design , forest fires , Google Maps oddly shaped forest , land art , landscaping , Minnesota forest , Minnesota foresters , Minnesota-shaped forest , mysterious land art , strangely shaped forest        

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New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens

February 24, 2014 by  
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Google has just unveiled a new online tool called Global Forest Watch that allows organizations and everyday people to monitor deforestation around the world. More than 40 organizations are collaborating on the site, which tracks the gain and loss of tree cover around the world using a combination of satellite data, crowdsourcing, and open data to show the state of the world’s forests in near real-time. Read the rest of New Web App Uses Google Maps to Track Deforestation as it Happens Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: deforestation , forest clearing , forest conservation efforts , Google , Google maps , illegal clearing , illegal logging , Logging , real-time monitoring deforestation , tracking deforestation        

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Amtrak Teams with Google to Create a Real-Time Train Locator Map

October 8, 2013 by  
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Google Maps recently launched a new interactive tool that allows Amtrak’s 31 million passengers to easily track the exact location of and arrival times for the rail service’s trains. The new locator map will track more than 300 daily trains en route to more than 500 destinations across the country. Checking train status is the second most-used function on Amtrak.com, behind buying tickets, so this infrastructure upgrade should be extremely useful to rail riders. Read the rest of Amtrak Teams with Google to Create a Real-Time Train Locator Map Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amtrak , cloud , Google , Google maps , gps , passenger rail , rail , real-time location , train , train tracking map        

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Google Street View Goes to the Top of the Burj Khalifa

June 24, 2013 by  
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Google Street View is a fantastic tool for travelers who need to find their way around a new location. It is also is an great way to explore the world’s landmarks without having having to buy an expensive plane ticket. Google has now taken its service to staggering new heights by capturing images from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa . Centered in downtown Dubai , the 160-story skyscraper soars 2,716.5 feet above street level. Using a special Trekker backpack and trolleys, the team from Google was able to complete their mission to record the tower in only three days. Read the rest of Google Street View Goes to the Top of the Burj Khalifa Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: burj khalifa , dubai , Google Street View , high definition , images , panorama , tallest building , trekker backpack , view        

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I-Resort’s 9 Spa Hotel is Made From Local Materials in Vietnam

June 24, 2013 by  
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