NASA Earth Day Photos in Google Earth

NASA Top Ten Photos in Google EarthAs part of Earth Day, NASA released their top ten favorite photos taken by crew from the International Space Station. Since about half the photos were of locations on the Earth we can see in Google Earth, I decided to create a KML version for the NASA photos (which includes overlays of the images). The other 4 photos from NASA were of atmospheric observations which didn’t include details of where (and what direction) the photos were taken. Some of the photos were at oblique angles, so I used the Photo Overlay techniques I described last week to place them. This turned out to be quite a challenge because there are limitations on the Photo Overlay in terms of zoom levels so I could not place myself at the same approximate position as the ISS when the photo was taken. Check out the Mount Everest photo and use the transparency slider to judge how well the photo aligns. Anyway, enjoy!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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