Microsoft’s Virtual Earth http://virtualearth.msn.com will begin its Beta on Monday. As according to the following blog it was up for a short while over the weekend, but is back down. So for those of you who hear me rambling on the podcast about this, it was being recorded during this sneak peek.
You would think that this is a blog dedicated to Google Maps with all of the entries for it. But no, it is just that the hybrid option is pretty cool. As usual, take a look at Google Maps
This is nicely tied to the upcoming moon rover that will be catching satellite imagery and elevations (along with other sensors) of the moon. I can’t wait to be able to play with lunar data
“In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing.”
Yes, Google Earth and Keyhole before it are wonderful things out of box, but if you are interested in getting your hands into the guts of the product take a look at NASA World Wind
As those of who are familiar with the the NationalMap know the front end can be a little slow at best. This GoogleMaps hack to include WMS shows that this front end could be greatly improved. Here is an article from Where 2.0 abouot integrating WMS into GoogleMaps … O’Reilly Radar > Where 2.0: First Steps At OGC Integration With Google Maps
Here is a blog dedicated to Google Maps “hacks”. We all love Google Maps and Google Earth
Another mapping page. It uses Java and is a little slow on open, but moves quickly once it is up. It is Vector based and is driver oriented. Enjoy.