Google Maps became indispensable in the last years. Now, the developer started to use Landsat 8 satellite imagery to its app that will enhance the power of its service.
Google will use data from Landsat 8 and will add new processing techniques to create even more impressive images of the Earth’s surface, up to its tiniest details.
Landsat 8 circles the entire Earth in 16 days, taking turns with Landsat 7 to complete the view. Data from the satellite is available free of charge and can be accessed in 24 hours upon reception.
The satellite had been launched into the orbit in 2013, and it is equipped with new sensors as it is primarily used by NASA and the US Geological Survey officials.
Google makes continuous efforts to create a clean, precise, and complete map of the Earth. The company hopes to create a seamless image for each and every place on our planet.
The upgrade had already been implemented into Google Maps and Google Earth. Thus, anyone can enjoy the new and improved services.
The developer had to select a quantity of data as large as a petabyte, which is more than 700 trillion pixels. The enormous work was done with the sole purpose of providing the best image possible of Earth.
Chris Herwig from Google explained that 700 trillion pixels are 700 times more the number of stars in the Milky Way.
Google’s blog shows extremely precise and beautifully colored images of the Columbia Glacier in Alaska, of the Swiss Alps with their delicate top curving and cities like Detroit and New York City. The developers offer full credits to the Landsat program that provides such valuable information for free.
The difference in quality can easily be seen when zooming into the satellite map on Google Earth – even the slightest details will be displayed.
Google Maps launched its satellite feature in 2013, by using Landsat 7 imagery. As the spacecraft suffered a hardware failure, the images were not perfect – and Google wants perfect. Thus, the new improved version of the two apps will offer much more details and clarity.
Moreover, the Street View team had reached some exotic destination such as the Coral Triangle in Asia, the Robben Island prison cells from South Africa, and it even displays top view images from El Capitan in Yosemite. Google Street View is both entertaining and educational, and it helps the user obtain a better orientation in space.
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