Earth Matters

Earth Observatory is Part of the New Google Earth

April 25th, 2017 by Kevin Ward

On April 18, I had the opportunity to participate in the launch of the newest version of Google Earth, which now includes some collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory. The Google Earth team even used two image collections from EO to highlight some of the functionality of their new product.


Google Earth landing pages

Image Credit: Google Earth screenshot of NASA Earth Observatory imagery.

The first is Reading the ABCs from Space, which is a republishing of our planetary-scale scavenger hunt (which was partly built with assistance from our letter-hunting readers). The second collection is Scenes from Space, a curated selection of recent EO Images of the Day. The Scenes from Space collection will continue to be updated monthly by the Google Earth content team.

This launch event provided us with the opportunity to meet with media and other potential users of the 14,000 images and stories that have been produced by the Earth Observatory team since our establishment in 1999. We syndicate our content through a variety of different feed formats, and the Google Earth team will be utilizing those feeds to keep their NASA Earth content up to date.

Google Earth press event

Image Credit: NASA/Jamie Favors

We hope that other users can use these feeds for their various applications, and if you are one of those users, please let us know what we can do to help you. The vast majority of our imagery and all of our stories are freely available without any license restrictions (though we hope that you will provide proper credit). Perhaps you might even consider the Earth Observatory as a resource for the upcoming NASA Space Apps Challenge.

Google Earth event badge

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/Kevin Ward

2 Responses to “Earth Observatory is Part of the New Google Earth”

  1. Rebecca says:

    How awesome! Congrats on the continued expansion of the reach of your great and important work.

  2. LuAnn says:

    Good for you, Kevin, and for EO and the world!