Google launches 'Street View' in Antarctica

Photo / Thinkstock
Photo / Thinkstock

Most people will never step foot on Antarctica, but Google is giving people a taste of what it is like.

Google has today launched a panoramic of five Antarctic scenes: The South Pole Telescope, Ernest Shackleton's Hut, Robert Falcon Scott's Hut, the Ceremonial South Pole, and the Cape Royds Adelie penguin rookery.

The images work the same as Google's Street View, which launched in September 2010, allowing viewers to zoom into the image and see the scenes from different angles.

On Google's official blog, Street View technical programme manager Alex Starns said the images were made with the help of the Polar Geospatial Centre at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust.

"The goal of these efforts is to provide scientists and travel (or penguin) enthusiasts all over the world with the most accurate, high-resolution data of these important historic locations," Starns said.

"With this access, schoolchildren as far as Bangalore can count penguin colonies on Snow Hill Island, and geologists in Georgia can trace sedimentary layers in the Dry Valleys from the comfort of their desks. Feel free to leave your boots and mittens behind, and embark on a trip to Antarctica."

See some fantastic Antarctic scenes here:

Scott's Hut

Ceremonial South Pole

Cape Royds Adelie penguin rookery

South Police Telescope at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Shackleton's Hut

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