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Google Satellite Maps - Easter Eggs Gallery!

By now everyone on the planet knows about Google's Satellite Maps feature, which is extremely cool. I would love to see a blog devoted to shared satellite images of particular interest, i.e., those that:

  • show some particularly beautiful visual feature
  • capture some surprising thing (ship, house, animal, etc.)
  • capture an unexpected event

A few examples:

  • The Kennedy Space Center's Space Shuttle complex (where I used to work!) - You can see the long landing strip to the left (you only get one chance to land, so you want lots of room), the assebly area in the center (looks a bit like Africa), and the two launch pads on the right by the beach. Cool!
  • Hawaii's Big Island - Note the vocanic look.
  • Some ships steaming under the Golden Gate Bridge.

    I would love to see a site dedicated to this. Cool features would include a gallery thumbnail images, tagging (ala del.icio.us or flickr, and ratings that allow voting for the best ones (favorites, etc.)

    Any idea if (or where) this has been done?
  • Reader Comments (13)

    there's a series on flickr going - let me find the tag - http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/memorymap
    take a look there, see if it matches what you're looking for

    April 8, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterEdward Vielmetti

    No need to invent the bicycle. The [ Keyhole BBS | http://bbs.keyhole.com ] has sections with geo-links to cool locations. It even allows you to upload sets of markers, paths and overlays that can be easily opened by others. You can add whole custom layers to Google Earth.

    It's also possible to integrate Flickr and del.icio.us with Google Earth so that you see little thumbnails of photos taken at particular locations and see links to location-specific websites! It surely must appeal to your [ convergence-liking | http://www.matthewcornell.org/blog/2005/04/photo-blogs-wikis-and-memories-for.html ] soul. :)

    Sorry if you already know all that, the post is dated April, you might have already discovered the possibilities of Google Earth yourself.

    August 9, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterDanila

    I think it is curious that the original image of San Clemente Island off California had a clear view of all the military installation. Now the north half is all clouds. I think someone at CIA or HSA had the detailed one removed. There is supposed to be a full replica of a US embassy building and compound there for anti-terrorist training. Who knows, they could be running a super-secret detention facility now that Guantanamo Bay is like a circus. Anything could be happening there since only the military has been allowed near the place for half a century. Could use the full length landing strip for the Aurora spy plane.
    Anyone see Area 51 (Dreamland) NW of Vegas on the screen lately? I can't find it since last October.

    January 13, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterstarryguy

    Thanks for your ideas, starryguy. Interesting!

    January 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Cornell

    I bumped into this page while performing a Google search for easter eggs. Technically this page has what would truly be Google easter eggs.


    Hope you enjoy the fun.

    April 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSandeep Dhar

    Thanks, Sandeep - fun!

    April 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Cornell

    Found a weird smiley.
    And a heart... "Hi" too.

    October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterxFuryx

    Ha! Reminds me of crop circles and corn mazes. Thanks for sharing.

    October 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermatthewcornell

    this is one more site for easter eggs hunt http://www.eastereggshunt.com/

    December 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrian
    if you search up directions from japan to china, look at direction 43 ROFLZZZZ
    November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLOL MAN
    Hmm. I wasn't able to follow your directions, but thanks for the comment anyways.
    November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterMatthew Cornell

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