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How Does Google Maps Work?



Google Maps is an incredibly convenient tool to search for places across the globe! How do websites like this work? Trace is here to discuss how satellites are able to show us maps of the world in great detail.

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How Google Earth Works
“Google Earth was once a premium program called Keyhole that cost about $90.”

11 Fascinating Facts About Google Maps
“Whether you've planned a road trip, looked for an aerial view of your childhood home or searched for public transit updates, you've probably used Google Maps.”

Students see world from station crew’s point of view
“NASA is helping students examine their home planet from space without ever leaving the ground, giving them a global perspective by going beyond a map attached to a sphere on a pedestal.”

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The birth of the spy satellite
“When the first American spy satellite failed in January of 1959, no one knew exactly what happened.”

DigitalGlobe gains U.S. govt license to sell sharper satellite imagery
“Satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc said the U.S. government had approved its longstanding request to sell higher-resolution images, a move that could unlock $400 million in additional market opportunities for the company.”

“Imagery from the panchromatic and multispectral sensors can be merged to create 0.82-meter color imagery (pan-sharpened).”

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