Fun With Google Maps
With the Space Shuttle safely on the ground, my tracking page has switched over
to the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.
The coordinates update once per minute with data from NASA.
My first Google Maps project. Soon after the API was released, I found
myself in need of a project so I could go about breaking maps. As it happened, I had just read about
Robb Magley's search for the crash
site of one of the Blackbirds and thought it would be fun to find out where all of them are now.
During a late-night jaunt through the tinfoil hat websites a few months back, I
found one that's less sensational and more informational. dreamlandresort.com
had a series of photos of Area 51 throughout the decades, and I promptly swiped them. I manually rectified the
images and overlaid them using GIS software, and after the Google Maps API was released, I thought it would
be fun to share the results.
While figuring out how to lay my own images into the Google Maps interface, I
While I was building the Blackbird project, it bothered me that the info windows
were so big, even if I didn't have enough text to fill them. TLabel is my answer to that problem. With it,
you can label a point on the map and only take up as much map-space as you need. Now I just need to go
back and use it on the Blackbird page.