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We recently came across a site called “Thomas Pesquet in Google Earth”. It features a KML file that includes over 620 photographs of Earth form the International Space Station (ISS) by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet that were shared through social media. The site and KML were created by Jean-Daniel Cesaro who has painstakingly geolocated them and put them in placemarks in Google Earth.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/07/pictures-iss-photos-thomas-pesquet-google-earth.html
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Yesterday we showed you a video created by satellite imaging company Planet of the launch of their most recent flock of Doves using a series of images they had captured from orbit. As we mentioned in that post, it was almost certainly a first for satellite imaging. After writing that post we were having a look around various Spaceports (also known as Cosmodromes) and came across this sight:

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/07/seconds-launch-prepped-rocket-launchpad.html
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A couple of weeks ago, satellite imaging company Planet launched a flock of 48 ‘Doves’, their low cost imaging satellites. They managed to capture imagery of the launch from one of the Doves already in orbit:

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/07/satellite-launch-satellite-imagery.html
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Google has recently added some fresh imagery to Google Earth. It is currently only visible in the default layer, so there will be more to see once Google updates the ‘historical imagery’ layer as well.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/07/google-earth-imagery-update-volcanic-island-alaska-fire-russia.html
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We were recently contacted by Zachary Bortolot an Associate Professor in the Geographic Science Program at James Madison University. He has been developing a method of realistically colorizing black and white historical aerial images. His method is automated and intelligently transfers colour from recent colour imagery of a location to historical black and white imagery of the same location. His algorithm appears to be able to handle changing landscapes although exact details as to how it does it are not given. Read more about it on his website.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/07/colorizing-black-white-historical-aerial-imagery.html
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Yesterday Google announced on its blog that they have added views of the International Space Station (ISS) to Google Street View. The Google blog post is written by Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), who spent six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a flight engineer. The ISS Street View is not currently available in Google Earth, so explore it here.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/07/google-street-view-goes-international-space-station.html
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‘Fairy Circles’ are a phenomenon that occurs in the Namib desert involving circular patches of bare ground forming striking patterns visible in satellite imagery. We have looked at a number of similar phenomenon around the world caused variously by ants, termites and worms. Last month, we had a look at some Fairy Circle-like patterns in the Northern Cape, South Africa, and on reading the post, my sister Clare, alerted us to similar patterns found in northern Zambia.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/07/man-made-fairy-circles.html
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In celebration of the season seven premiere of popular TV series “Game of Thrones”, Google has created a Street View collection of various locations used in the filming of the series.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/07/game-thrones-street-view-google-earth.html
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A recent story in the news about a homeowner in Dungeness, Washington, USA who, as a result of a dispute with a neighbour wrote a giant message saying ‘A hole’ and an arrow pointing at his neighbour.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/07/homeowner-mows-hole-message-lawn-dispute-neighbour.html
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On July 14, 2017, satellite imaging company Planet launched another 48 of their small, low resolution, satellites they call ‘Doves’ into orbit. They were launched on a Soyuz rocket together with a number of other satellites. This follows a record launch of 88 Doves back in February. In addition, earlier this year they acquired Google’s Terra Bella and Rapid Eye in 2015. If our count is correct they now have 192 Doves, 5 Rapid Eye satellites and 7 SkySat satellites for a total of 204.

https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/07/planet-launches-48-satellites.html
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