New and Updated Imagery
On July 11th we introduced an update to Google Earth's imagery database
covering a wide range of areas in the Americas, Europe, Middle-East,
Africa, Oceania, and Asia. We also released details of the update in
written list, and also in a KML file you can view in Google Earth that shows
outlines for the areas where the imagery changes occurred.
Moon in Google Earth Released
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July
20th, we released a new option in Google Earth 5 which lets you view
the moon in 3D. Select View->Explore->Moon in the Google
Earth menu, or select the planet button. The moon mode has new layers
with 3D models of spacecraft on the moon, images, movies, and other
placemarks. There are even immersive lunar surface panoramas, composed
of photos taken by the astronauts themselves, and presented for the
first time in a 3D "Street View" style interface. See a YouTube video
announcement of Moon in Google Earth. .
Lunar Rover Game
The Moon mode is also available in the Google Earth API, so
developers can create new applications based on the moon. Try the
Lunar Rover game where you
can drive around using the same interface as our previous game
,Monster Milktruck. Have fun driving and
bouncing off the terrain of the moon!
Apollo 11 Google Earth Tour
As part of Moon in Google Earth, make sure you check out the Guided
Tours Moon layers. There you'll find author Andrew Chaikin and
Apollo 11 astronaut and author Buzz Aldrin co-narrating an immersive
fly-through tour of the Apollo 11 landing site. Or view the tour
right here in your
browser, or watch a YouTube video of the
Apollo 11 Moon Lander Game
Just one week after the release of Moon in Google Earth, Paul van
Dinther of PlanetInAction.com released a new free game called:
Apollo 11 Moon Lander . The game
actually simulates the approach and landing of a 3D Apollo 11 lunar
module and lets you attempt to land with limited fuel. Moon Lander also
has audio clips from the Apollo mission and, if you land successfully,
you'll get the same familiar greeting from Houston Control.
Read more or watch a video demo.
July 22nd Total Solar Eclipse
There was a total solar eclipse in the southeast Asia-Pacific region on
July 22nd. You can see a simulation of the eclipse thanks to a nifty
solar eclipse animation
using the Google Earth Sky mode and produced by HeyWhatsThat.com. This animation is part
of the Cosmic
Visibility application which lets you see what night sky objects
can be viewed from your location on Earth.
EarthURL - Sharing Locations with a Link
Googler Roman Nurik, who specializes in the Google Earth API, developed an
application that lets you pick a 3D location in your browser with
Google Earth and copy and share a short URL. Just visit EarthURL.org
. The resulting
link is perfect for sharing a place with Twitter or other short message services.
Here, for example, is the Googleplex in 3D There are
other similar services available from other developers.
News from Outreach - Crisis in Dafur Update
With the crisis in Darfur continuing to affect millions of people
lives, the ability and vital importance for those documenting the
situation to be able to inform people is of utmost significance. Since
the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has worked with
Google to provide an emotive geospatial account of the destruction
occurring in what is the largest country on the African continent. Now,
the USHMM has updated the layer to document what is now more than 3,300
villages throughout Darfur that have been damaged or completely
Update to the Google Earth API Docs
We have re-vamped the documentation for the Google Earth API including
new features, and improved readability. The documentation is intended
for software developers. See the new Earth API
Google Earth Outreach Showcase
The Google Earth Outreach program
helps nonprofit organizations display their information in an engaging,
geospatial environment. Our showcase
highlights a plethora of fascinating and innovative Google Earth and
Maps examples created by individuals and organizations around the world
working for the greater good. Want to participate?
Become a Google Earth Explorer!
Learn tips and tricks to explore the world, find interesting places and
share content with others. Follow this hands-on learning game at your
own pace until you complete each level and become a true explorer!
Useful websites for more Google Earth information.