Thursday, August 13, 2009

Google quietly sneaks GeoEye images into Google Earth

Starting in June, Google has been integrating high-resolution color images taken by the GeoEye-1 — the so-called "Google satellite" — into its Google Earth application, expanding its global repertoire beyond its focus on the U.S. The photo above is of Beijing South Rail Station.

The company is only starting to promote the new additions with the trivia game on its LatLong blog called "Where in the World is..." The quiz placed international images taken by the GeoEye next to trivia questions like "Tangerines were named for this city, the first one to ship the fruit to Europe" and "The nickname 'City of Lights' just gives this one away." The blog post listing the answers to the quiz also lists the geographic areas that were updated with the latest data push...

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About GeoEye

GeoEye’s products and services enable timely, accurate, and accessible location intelligence. The company is recognized as one of the geospatial industry's most trusted imagery experts, delivering reliable service and exceptional quality imagery products and solutions to customers around the world. GeoEye has developed an advanced information technology infrastructure for collecting, receiving, processing and distributing imagery information products and processing services to the U.S. Government including the national security community as well as international governments and commercial customers. These products serve applications including defense and intelligence, precision mapping, on-line mapping, infrastructure development, planning and monitoring, and environmental assessment. The company collects tens of millions of square kilometers of imagery per year with its existing satellites and aerial assets, which includes GeoEye-1, the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging satellite. The company also provides support to academic institutions and non-governmental organizations through the GeoEye Foundation ( Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, GeoEye is a public company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. It maintains a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) and has achieved company-wide ISO accreditation.

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