iPod From Space Falls to Earth

It was fun while it lasted, huh? We saw the Gizmodo post yesterday, about the iPod advertisement that’s viewable from space, and filed it away for future reference. Turns out that, after rocketing around the blogosphere, it’s probably not what it looks like. Some intrepid bloggers noted that the Terrabyte satellite image for that location on January 1, 1999 — before the iPod launched — looks the same  as it does Google Earth today.

We’ve got both images. Care to guess which is which?



It gets better. The Terabyte server’s been rather busy, so when we got a chance we grabbed a screenshot of the whole page. (Note the date.)



And we grabbed a shot of Google Earth as well. 


And fun would it bit of snark? The author of the the original post suggests he knows the identity of the legendary space-iPod’s owner.

It is just me? Do things not always look like what they are when seen from space? Or is am I seeing ancient Egyptian royalty here? 

So, is there anything else that looks like an iPod from space? How many can you find?


  • Rocco Fanucci says:

    Also Note that Google Earth Images are about 3 years – 5 years Old Themselves I know this due to the Ongoing Construction the past few years on a school next to my house and the cars in the driveways near my house are my old neighbors.

  • Anonymous says:

    Q: How many Bruces and Sheilas do you know that work on Jan 1st?
    A: None.

    The date you’re looking at is the default date for the system that’s showing the image.  It’s showing it because no date is associated with the image.

    You’ll see the same date if you look at London, or many other places.

    Do not underestimate the power of the fruit.

  • bubba says:

    Does this mean that the year is a default year too?  Because if the image is from any point in 1999, that is before the ipod was launched.  This mystery is still alive until the date of the terraserver map is verified.

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