Subcategory: Network Others
Platform: Android, Google Chrome, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Freeware, Proprietary
Programing language: C++
First release: June 11, 2001
Google Earth – a freeware application which displays a digital globe, and lets you see the planet’s surface using a single composited image from a far distance. It lets you view Earth with a combination of satellite photos, aerial images and Street View. Its powerful search engine, a large amount of information and images available, and its intuitive use make it the best way to discover the planet we live on, but also the sky, the Moon and even Mars.
The images are detailed enough that in most populated areas you can clearly see your house, objects in your yard, and sometimes recognize your car parked along the street. A digital elevation model within Google Earth allows you to view the landscape of many geographic areas in 3D.
– shows 3D building models in some cities, including photorealistic 3D imagery
– fully integrated Street View into Google Earth which displays 360° panoramic street-level photos of select cities and their surroundings
– allows users to zoom below the surface of the ocean and view the 3D bathymetry
– allows users to view stars and other celestial bodies
– Google Mars – a browser application of Google Earth that is a version of the program for imagery of the planet Mars
– Google Moon – a browser application that allows exploration of the moon
– a flight simulator feature was introduced in 2007, but starting with version 4.3, it was given a labeled option in the menu
– Liquid Galaxy – a cluster of computers running Google Earth creating an immersive experience.
The application is available to download and install on Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows, can be run inside the Google Chrome web browser and is available as a plug in to a few other web browsers.