The year 2009 in Google Earth

We’ve already showed you the 10 most popular stories on our site for 2009, but we thought it’d be fun to look back through the year at the newsworthy stories for each month.
It’s been quite a year for Google Earth, with tons of new features, imagery, 3D buildings, StreetView releases and much more. Here’s a look back at 2009:
January
- New view of the Ocean Floor
- New imagery in Washington, DC
- Obama Inauguration in 3D
- Vancouver in 3D in Google Earth
February
- Google Earth 5 Released
- Google Chrome supports the Google Earth Plug-in
- Imagery Update (February 28)
March
- New 3D cities (Lucerne and Santa Rosa)
- Update to Google Mars
- Historical Imagery Update
April
- Google Earth 5 Plugin Released
- Imagery Update (April 11)
- Updated terrain
- Great Lakes Underwater features added to Google Earth
May
- Imagery Update (May 9)
- 3D Buildings Update; 11,000 new models
- New Business Layer for Google Earth and iPhone Google Earth
June
- Major StreetView Upgrade – 3D features
- New Imagery (June 6)
- New 3D cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto)
- New 3D cities (Warsaw, Prague, Oslo, Toronto, Indianapolis)
July
- Imagery Update (July 11)
- Look at the Moon in Google Earth
August
- Imagery Update (August 2)
- 3D buildings added to Helsinki, Finland
- StreetView released in Switzerland, Portugal and Taiwan
- Imagery Update (August 26)
September
- New 3D Cities (Dublin and Cardiff)
- Google Earth 5.1 Released
- Imagery Update (September 23)
- New 3D Cities (Copenhagen, Marseilles)
October
- New StreetView Releases: Canada, Prague
- Google unveils the “Building Maker” tool
- New 3D cities (Antwerp and Portage)
- New 3D cities (Melbourne and Lyon)
- Imagery Update (October 20)
- New 3D buildings
November
- Imagery Update (November 3)
- New historical imagery (November 6)
- New 3D cities (Milwaukee and Indianapolis)
- New StreetView imagery in Mexico, Netherlands and Hawaii
- New 3D cities (Valencia and Oklahoma City)
- Google Earth 2.0 for iPhone released
- More cities and options added to Building Maker
- Google Earth 5.1 no longer considered beta
- Imagery Update (November 19)
- SketchUp 7.1 Released
December
- New StreetView imagery (Singapore, Canada and others)
- More cities added to building maker
- Imagery Update (December 3)
- New 3D city (Milan)
- Aerial Perspective imagery released for Google Maps API
- New 3D city (Detroit)
- Imagery Update (December 15)
- New 3D cities (Tucson, Cleveland and Florence
- Vancouver Olympic Venues in 3D

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



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