Updated 21 May, 2013, 8:08 pm IST
Now tour Kennedy Space Centre on Google Street View
| by Anuradha Shetty |
Google's Street View project has been the search giant's attempt at allowing users to see various world locations within the comfort of their homes. Earlier this year, Google's Street View team reportedly spent an entire week at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, returning with a compilation of 6,000 panoramic views of the facilities. In an official post, Google adds, "Today, a collaboration between NASA and Street View is enabling people around the world to take a trip to the doorway to outer space, and see Kennedy as it transitions into a multipurpose launch complex for the next 50 years of space innovation."
Getting the Street View
Google further adds that the Street View tour of the Kennedy Space Centre forms its largest special collection of Street View imagery to date. The Kennedy Space Centre, as it is known is now home to the recently retired space shuttle orbiters, Endeavour and the Atlantis, and the two are now part of the Street View imagery. Other locations within the Space Centre, now a part of the Street View imagery, are Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Firing Room #4, Top of launch pad 39A, Apollo/Saturn V Center, Apollo 14 Command Module, Space Station Processing Facility, Firing Room #3, Bottom of launch pad 39A, among others. On Google’s official page, users can view the full collection of images from within the Kennedy Space Centre.
Google's Street View has been among Google's most controversial services and has faced stiff resistance from several nations worldwide, including India. That, however, isn't deterring the service from being popular and widely used. The service found new admirers in Japan, who had once refused to let the service into the country when Google introduced their Person Finder tool after disaster struck the country. The Street View cars then navigated through the ravaged streets of Japan and five months later returned with scores of digital images depicting the extent of the damage caused and how bravely the locals tried to bring normalcy to their lives. Only recently, it grabbed headlines when it was revealed that Google did not keep its promise of deleting all the ‘ill-gotten data’, after it was caught spying on people across Europe and Australia with its Street View cars.
Just recently, by way of its Street View services, Google put forth the opportunity to see the many world wonders they’ve always wanted to but have been restricted either by the lack of time or sufficient money, either by choosing locations or by browsing through themes. As is with its Street View technology, Google will allow users to virtually navigate through lanes in and around the several world heritage sites. Users can begin with picking their continent of choice and/ or choosing themes of their choice, which may include Archaeological sites, Architecture, Cities & Towns, Historic sites, Monuments and Memorials, Palaces & Castles, Parks & Gardens, Places of Worship, Regions and Landscapes and Wonders of Nature.
Click here to view the full collection.
Tags: Google Street View , Street View , Kennedy Space Centre , panoramic views , Vehicle Assembly Building , Launch Firing Room #4 , Top of launch pad 39A , Apollo/Saturn V Center , Apollo 14 Command Module , Space Station Processing Facility , Firing Room #3 , Bottom of launch pad 39A
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