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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