The Google Earth and Google Maps images that we love so much are based off of satellite photos. While those give us a great view of where we live, even good enough to the point of being able to spot who has a swimming pool in their backyard.
Now, thanks to a world-exploring man and wife team and their kite, they're helping to make Google Maps and Earth even better.
Frank Taylor, who runs the unofficial Google Earth Blog, is on an enviable five-year expedition called the Tahina Expedition. Thanks to his partnership with Google, Frank's used his camera pictures taken from a kite's perspective to better the detail on Google Maps and Google Earth.
Here is a good example of how things look from his camera compared to what the satellites captured (of course, what the satellites can do from space are still mind-boggling).