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Google Maps:
Satellite Mode

Satellite Mode serves as an attempt to link Google Maps’ underlying satellite imagery to the internal (map technology) and external (satellite technology) infrastructure on both a horizontal as well as a vertical scale. In doing so, the project aims to reflect on the technology and politics behind the representation and perception of our digital globe.
Divided into a map and expandable sidebar legend, the website provides the user necessary information within the spectrum from satellite launch to search command as well as its current position inside the map (tiles) and the ‘real world’ (lat./long.). The legend functions as an interactive link to the maps’ viewport, which dependent on the horizontal (drag) and vertical position (zoom), will highlight one to several aspects (icons) related to satellite technology or imagery and furthermore allows for a simultaneous view of all (in)active satellite providers at this location.