Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Giant Smiley Faces

From /.:

Citizens of the Russian town Chelyabinsk calculated when the satellite, QuickBird, which takes images for Google Earth and Google Maps, would cross above their city and used people to make a giant smiley face. A rock concert on the main square attracted many people and everyone got a yellow cape. It looks like someone at Google was quicker than usual to put up the new data. Maybe Google likes the idea of an entire town working hard to get its 15 minutes of fame. The article has a screenshot of Google Maps and images taken directly at the event.

1 comment:

Jeff Schnitzer said...

Chelyabinsk has gotten a lot more than 15 minutes of fame! It's where most of Soviet nuclear research and development took place. And some of the worst nuclear accidents, including one in the 50s that makes Chernobyl look mild:

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayak