Google has today announced the launch of an updated version of Google Earth, which comes with a range of new and improved satellite images to the app, with more features alongside that.
All of these new images were taken by the Landsat 8 satellite that was launched back in 2013 and is capable of capturing sharper images than what Google has previously offered.
Google explained more with the following:
Three years ago we introduced a cloud-free mosaic of the world in Google Earth. Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before. Satellite images are often cloudy, but not always over the same place, so we looked at millions of images and took the clearest pixels to stitch together this cloud-free and seamless image.
Landsat 8, which launched into orbit in 2013, is the newest sensor in the USGS/NASA Landsat Program—superior to its predecessors in many ways. Landsat 8 captures images with greater detail, truer colors, and at an unprecedented frequency—capturing twice as many images as Landsat 7 does every day. This new rendition of Earth uses the most recent data available — mostly from Landsat 8 — making it our freshest global mosaic to date.
You can read more about the update of Google Earth at the source link below.