The Landsat mission has been taking satellite imagery and data of Earth for 40 years. One of the primary benefits of such a record is the ability to study changing landscapes.
To celebrate the launch of the first Landsat satellite on July 23, 1972, the USGS and NASA asked the public to nominate landscapes that have undergone a lot of environmental change for a closer look. The Landsat team chose these six submissions and created customized chronicles of the change in each area.
Watch the American landscape change - as seen from space! - over at WIRED Science.
When Google announced it had added 20 additional museums to its indoor mapping service Wednesday, the most interesting part of the story was treated as just a throwaway factoid in the company’s blog post: There are now more than 10,000 indoor maps available to Android device users.
Q: If we dug a hole so deep that we came out the other side of the Earth, where would we be?
Geography, class, and fate: Passengers on the Titanic.
A century ago the Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank. Mapping travelers’ hometowns reveals the immigrant status of most third-class passengers, who also suffered the highest fatality rate.
A very cool interactive “story” map from Esri. Check out: where passengers were from, how many people were on their life boats, if they survived, and more.