Google Maps and Street View are a great way to pass time by exploring parts of the world and, one my personal favourite places, Antarctica, just became a lot more appealing after Google added panoramic 360-degree images of the South Pole.
With the help of the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, we’ve added 360-imagery of many important spots, inside and out, such as the South Pole Telescope, Shackleton’s hut, Scott’s hut, Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole.
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Rather than bring the Street View trucks out — and sadly miss out on an opportunity to switch the wheels to skiis — Google used a lightweight tripod camera with a fisheye lens, which is actually the same set-up used for its Business Photos program, though the similarities pretty much end right there.
Check out more the picture-post cards images on Google’s blog or the video below for a look at the stunning imagery, which is live in Google Maps now.