Zooooom in from space!
April 20, 2001 4:44 PM   Subscribe

Zooooom in from space! Very cool views of our planet
posted by owillis (14 comments total)
Sweet :) It would be even cooler if it ended on somebody looking straight up....
posted by zeoslap at 5:07 PM on April 20, 2001

And here I am, shopping for a digital cam with a 10x optical zoom...
posted by frednorman at 5:30 PM on April 20, 2001

Very nice! On a similar note, check out Terraserver for detailed images of your own neighborhood.

posted by rmannion at 5:37 PM on April 20, 2001

Great for those wanting accurate answers to that old chestnut: "which man-made objects are visible from space?"
posted by holgate at 5:47 PM on April 20, 2001

The Terraserver site is way cool. I was able to zoom in right on my neighborhood. MIT used to have a similar composite image database of just the Metro Boston area that would let me zoom in even a little closer to just the four or five houses immediately surrounding mine. I'll see if I can find the link and post it here.
posted by briank at 5:53 PM on April 20, 2001

no no no! they can see your license plate number from space!

all right, it was pretty cool. i saw it on the news today. they zoomed into the white house. george w was taking out the trash.
posted by sugarfish at 8:09 PM on April 20, 2001

I think this is the site you were looking for, Brian.

If you want some absolutely beautiful aerial photos, take a look at Earth From Above - as long as Flash navigation doesn't scare you off.
posted by Aaaugh! at 8:55 PM on April 20, 2001

And for some really high-resolution shots of significant landmarks and probably for a fee, there's Space Imaging.

The fill-in work on Terraserver has been disappointingly non-existent. There's a lot of even just the US that has no image at all, and half of what they do have is the crappy stuff from the Russian satellite.
posted by dhartung at 9:45 PM on April 20, 2001

like the powers of 10 film. this is one of the coolest posts on MF in some time. thanks owillis.
posted by greyscale at 9:59 PM on April 20, 2001

Whole new spin on "I can see my house from here!"
posted by owillis at 12:44 AM on April 21, 2001

Yes, Aaaugh, that's the one, thanks!
posted by briank at 6:28 AM on April 21, 2001

briank - Here's the Microsoft TerraServer link.
posted by radio_mookie at 6:38 AM on April 21, 2001

Second what Dan said. Anyone know what the plans are for Terraserver? The real Terraserver has been down forever.
posted by rodii at 9:43 AM on April 21, 2001

Thanks, mook, but it was linked a bit further back up in the thread. That's how I knew it wasn't as good a closeup as the MIT link Aaaugh posted.
posted by briank at 6:48 PM on April 21, 2001

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