Most of us have enjoyed the best quality mapping service from Google; called as Google Maps. This free online mapping service is bringing the world into better focus with an updated version of Earth that takes advantage of photos from a US Landsat 8 satellite.
Officially announced in the Blog post, Google introduced a “cloud-free mosaic” of this planet three years ago at Google Earth, and on Monday began rolling out a new version that uses new techniques to process sharper images gathered by the satellite sent into orbit in 2013, as part of a collaboration between NASA and the US Geological Survey.
Earlier Google have enhanced the Maps product in various forms by which it is capable of Offline work, Voice traffic alerts, Integration with the taxi aggregator like Ola and Uber , it also get capable of showing pits spot and detours on the road.
Shifting from Landsat 7 to Landsat 8
Earlier Google Earth relied on images from a Landsat 7 satellite, a satellite which launched in April 1999 and encountered a hardware problem in 2003 which encountered a large diagonal gaps in pictures, according to program manager Chris Herwig, but the same problem is solved in the latest Landsat 8.
When Landsat 8 came online in 2013, it offered a number of improvements beyond stripe-free footage. The new sensors are sensitive to two additional spectral bands that are used to monitor costal zones and cirrus clouds. And with the move to “push-broom” sensors, the overall sensitivity is enhanced. It’s not a paradigm shift, but the improvements give us an even better understanding of what’s going on in every part of the globe.
“Landsat 8 captures images with greater detail, truer colors and at an unprecedented frequency,” Herwig said in a blog post.
How to Enjoy this experience ?
So go ahead and enjoy this experience on your own. If you want to experience the new imagery yourself, simply load up
- Google Earth or
- Google Maps
on your platform of choice. Mountain View has already integrated the new satellite data from NASA and the US Geological Survey, so the company’s apps and websites are better than ever.