posted on Dec, 12 2005 @ 08:53 PM
Depends on the region, some places are 3 years old, some other place are newer pictures from 1 year ago. Google Maps is not real-time, they lease (or
buy?) imagery from external sources. If I'm not mistaken a real-time satellite picture cost around $1000-$2000 each. And real-time is relative, you
still have to wait for the satellite to fly over the region you want to snap a picture of. Only military satellite networks can snap a real-time
picture on demand.