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    Cyburbian ijustkrushalot's avatar
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    Google Earth is really neat.

    http://earth.google.com/

    anyone else downloaded this yet?

    There is alot you can do with this. You can do a flythrough of most US major cities, or see individual school districts laid on top of aerial photographs...

    Really neat... it is free, and as long as you have a newer PC (no Mac), and something faster than dial-up, it should work.

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    Google Earth downloads temporarily delayed
    Anyone else getting this?

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    hm... evidently it is getting pretty popular.

    i would keep trying though...


    anyone want to guess what this is a picture of?

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    I got that same message... Oh well.. do you need dial-up to use it? if so I'm screwed... and a fast PC? double screwed (well, at least my pc can run SC4 w/ Rush Hour Expansion Pack in a neatly choppy way! (still addictive as crack))

    ijustkrushalot, if my Flight Simulator memory doesn't fail me, that's Meigs Field in Chicago...and I thought that it was closed down a few years ago, right?

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    Quote Originally posted by SkeLeton
    I got that same message... Oh well.. do you need dial-up to use it? if so I'm screwed... and a fast PC? double screwed (well, at least my pc can run SC4 w/ Rush Hour Expansion Pack in a neatly choppy way! (still addictive as crack))

    ijustkrushalot, if my Flight Simulator memory doesn't fail me, that's Meigs Field in Chicago...and I thought that it was closed down a few years ago, right?

    Yup Meigs Field looking towards the chicago skyline.

    they have the "pre-space ship" Soldier Field (if you zoom in the building is on top of a pile of rubble, the picture was taken during re-construction of the stadium).... and Meigs Field before Mayor Daley declared war on it.

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    [QUOTE=ijustkrushalot]hm... evidently it is getting pretty popular.

    i would keep trying though...


    anyone want to guess what this is a picture of?


    Meigs Field? In Chicago?
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    From another Google thread - here is my neighborhood with MARTA transit line in the center & of course downtown Atlanta in the background:


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    I can hardly contain myself . When they get this up and going , I’ll download and then never ever sleep, ever again!!

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    I've been playing with it all week, I'm beginning to run out of towns I've visited to look at!

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    ^ Then explore the world! I've been exploring the river valleys of China, climbing the peaks of the Tibet & roaming the city streets of Europe.

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    If anyone has the Google Earth download (the zipped package, or whatever form it took), please e-mail it to cyburbia (a t) cyburbia (d0 t) org, and I'll find a way to make it available to others here.

    EDIT: I've got it up. I'll post instructions on downloading it later.
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    The images are VERY sharp for the Buffalo area.

    Football field at the University at Buffalo



    Parking lot - note the markings! Find the VW Bug convertible.



    In some areas, you can see pedestrians!
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    Apparently along similar lines: World Wind

    I haven't checked it out. It just came up in some homeschooling forum and I thought I would share.

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    I just got a new computer for my home this weekend and downloaded Earth. OHMIGAWD...my family may not see me for a couple of weeks while I geek out on this!
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    Quote Originally posted by Michele Zone
    Apparently along similar lines: World Wind

    I haven't checked it out. It just came up in some homeschooling forum and I thought I would share.
    True, it does look nice, but will it tell me where the nearest Starbucks to Mount Kiliminjaro?

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    Quote Originally posted by teshadoh
    True, it does look nice, but will it tell me where the nearest Starbucks to Mount Kiliminjaro?
    I have no idea. I haven't checked it out. Get your own coffee...er, coffee map.

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    Google Earth is NASA's World Wind.

    For proof, look at the ship configuration in Osaka Japan, near Kansi airport (The island that looks like a big aircraft carrier.

    They are the same images.

    Googles interface with Google Earth is easier and includes a distance function as well as the tilt function allowing 3D viewing of geographic features.

    NASA's World Wind can give you USGS maps, 3 different sattalite views as well as large urban areas, and some other stuff.

    Mainly it is a rehash of World Wind for dummies. There is no exact interface to say "I want to view from 10 km in space or 100" like in World Wind.

    Google will become novel in its use of Google Earth because people like google.

    Poor NASA! Screwed again and given no credit!

    Is Google the next Microsoft?

    NASA declares war on Google and accidentily on purpose missfires a second Deep Impactor on Google HQ!
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    But Google also has access to other private imagery catalogues - so it's not completely dependant on the same imagery that NASA uses.

    What I like about Google Earth is the introduction of several GIS layers, with future plans to be able to add more along with your own imagery.

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    Finally got this.
    I saw my office, my neighborhood (my house not built yet...), and my grandfather's BMW in his Denver driveway.

    My high school in Denver looked good too.

    Greeley, where I went to college, is still fuzzy.

    EDIT: Airports are cool with this thing!!!!
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    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    we have been using this in our office for a while now. I think it used to be called Keyhole


    Check out LasVegas and Hoover Dam using the three-D function





    These are digital 3d images created from satelite images. They are not photos from an airplane!

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    Nasa's Worldwind allows you to set the vertical exaggeration. Is the same option available in Earth? On Worldwind, I have not been able to find any imagery as crisp as the UB football stadium in Earth. In addition, Worldwind has extensive USGS coverages but doesn't have as much data available for the rest of the world. Earth still needs a little work on matching up projections.

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    The other thing too about World Wind is that it seems slower compated to Google, and that it in many areas it doesn't have the high-resolution photos that Google has. The images for the Buffalo area on WorldWind are extremely low resolution LandSat images (something like 50 meters, it seems) or okay but old USGS monochrome images (1 meter, and very sloooooow to load), compared to Google's color 10 to 20 cm NY GIS aerials. Its also buggy; zoom in close enough, and you get a strange "I'm in a deep square pit" effect. No display of elevation and perspective altitude, either, and none of the helpful tools like distance measurement.
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    World wind is very slow but it does other cool stuff like overlay storm loops onto the map.

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    I did a mockup of my neighborhood (aib post an arieal of your neighborhood)

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