Google launched Google Earth after acquiring Keyhole, Inc in 2005 and 6 years on and Google Earth downloads reach 1 billion. The desktop client, mobile app, and plug-in combination have taken geospacial technology to show us the world in a whole different way than we’d ever known, putting satellite imagery we wanted to see it, right on our computer desktops. To celebrate the one-billionth download, Google launched a new website at

[box_dark]“While it’s inspiring to see how Google Earth has touched the lives of so many, we know the best is yet to come,” said Brian McClendon, vice-president of Engineering, Google Earth and Maps.[/box_dark]