updated 01:45 pm EDT, Fri August 3, 2012
Claims largest Street View collection at 6,000 images
Google has added a tour of the Kennedy Space Center to its Google Maps Street View Gallery collection. NASA worked with Google to show off the US launch site as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, for which the search giant has created its largest special collection of Street View imagery to date, creating approximately 6,000 panoramic views of the complex.
Viewers can see the space shuttle launch pad close up and from the top of its tower, and can also view the Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Firing Room #4. One panorama allows for a good view of one of the space shuttle's main engines, capable of 400,000 pounds of thrust. Space Shuttle Orbiters Atlantis and Endeavor can also be examined.
Another project by Google, the World Wonders Project, has taken images from world heritage sites and important locations and put them online. Using the same technology behind Street View, it has assembled panoramas of the Albula-Bernina line in the Swiss Alps, as well as places in Antarctica like Shackleton's hut, Scott's hut, and the Ceremonial South Pole itself. [via Google Blog]