posted on Aug, 24 2008 @ 06:34 PM
Here is the link to the Google Sightseeing page. I had forgotten how long the thread went on, with crazy ideas about the circuitry inside the
"satellite" showing up on images, jokes about glitches in the matrix, and my favorite, The Sign of LaForge!
The high res photos, beyond a certain zoom level, are taken from aircraft at about 10,000 feet, IIRC. It was interesting to learn about all that
stuff. Many of the photos are taken with very expensive Zeiss cameras with all sorts of high tech features, from planes that track a GPS course with
amazing precision. The cameras still use film, or at least did in '05, and the giant negatives were scanned. At least that's how I recall from
reading about the process. Google must have a huge budget for buying images. They are updated pretty frequently, too. I don't know of any place to
find commentary from Google about how it all works, or for that matter from anyone involved. There would be a lot of people, from pilots to photo
processors to aircraft owners, and so on.