It was great to see the shuttle land safely. I have always been a fan of the space shuttle program, ever since I did a class project on the first shuttle launch.
Here is an article from CNNMoney, talking about the implications of online mapping applications like Google Maps
Here is a link to an undated article on Geoplace.com that gives a short summary of the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission that flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in February 2000. The data processing has been completed, and the data is now available.
This is a feature article from Geoplace on the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies to help with conservation efforts to save mountain gorilla habitat in Africa
Here is an article from Directions Magazine on a new grant to the Geospatial Information and Technology Association and the Association of American Geographers to help “grow the geospatial workforce”
Here is an article from CNET news yesterday that includes some quotes from Lars Rasmussen, the lead engineer of the Google Maps project, who was speaking at a conference on Web engineering.
For those of you interested in historic maps, this is the link to Visual Collections, which includes David Rumsey’s amazing collection, as well as a number of others that are impressive as well.
The beta version of Microsoft’s Virtual Earth has gone live at http://virtualearth.msn.com/
So far, it doesn’t have the bells and whistles that Google Earth can boast, and I think that the black and white imagery doesn’t match up to Google’s color imagery. It may be that Microsoft is working on some additional unique functionality, but so far, it isn’t that impressive, given what’s already out there.