Using the Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images, Google Earth is being revamped, and the results are better than ever before.
‘Satellite images are often cloudy, but not always over the same place, so we looked at millions of images and took the clearest pixels to stitch together this cloud-free and seamless image.’
Landsat 8, which launched into orbit in 2013, is the newest sensor in the USGS/NASA Landsat Program – superior to its predecessors in many ways. Landsat 8 captures images with greater detail, truer colors, and at an unprecedented frequency – capturing twice as many images as Landsat 7 does every day. This new rendition of Earth uses the most recent data available — mostly from Landsat 8 — making it our freshest global mosaic to date.
Time to get over to Google Earth methinks – HI MUM!!!!