Google has announced that it has updated its mapping applications with some new and high-resolution imagery from NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite. In other words, Google Earth and Google Maps will now come with more detailed and sharper photographs, which the big search engine company has used to update its two applications.
Thanks to Google’s mosaic, the clouds and other weather obstructions will be eliminated in order to create a crystal-clear image of every corner of the entire world. We’re pretty sure that a good amount of people who are using these applications will be very happy about this news.
It is good to know that Google Earth and Google Maps satellite imagery was updated back in 2003. Back then, Google has used pictures captured by Landsat 7, which was less capable than the current Landsat 8. The Landsat 7 suffered a hardware failure back in 2003 and this was the reason why there is missing data in some portions of the world.
The big search engine company claims that the new mosaic was crafted from almost a petabyte of data which contains more than 700 trillion pixels. In other words, Google can use this imagery because United States Geological Survey in collaboration with NASA makes this a Landsat database open source that anyone can use.
In other words, all satellite imagery can be accessed using the Earth Engine application programming interface, which scientists are using to study large-scale global changes in the environment, but also track the spread of diseases. However, Google is using the imagery for a simpler purpose and we are pretty sure that people who are using the Google Earth and Google Maps will enjoy the new imagery.
Are you using Google Earth or Google Maps? Tell us your thoughts about the new imagery that Google is now using thanks to the NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite.
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