By Harry McCracken | Monday, February 2, 2009 at 10:43 am
I’m at the California Academy of the Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the event at which Google is unveiling version 5.0 of Google Earth–which appears to be available for download right now. So far, the event is interesting, inspiring, and, then–but wireless connectivity here is super-spotty, so I’m going to keep this brief and tell you more later.
This new version of Google’s amazing digital atlas looks to be packed with new stuff: For the first time, it includes most of the planet, in the form of its oceans. There’s also a timeline slider that lets you reference old satellite imagery as well as the newest available stuff. And Google has mapped Mars, including Google Street View-like photos.
Here’s Al Gore, who’s here, and understandably excited about Google Earth in general and the new version’s power as an educational tool in particular–I shot it in the dark from the back row, so it’s kinda pointillist. More about Google Earth 5.0 soon, but if you download and try the new version, let us all know what you think…