France

Superjumbo

Here in Toulouse, France, Google Earth finally gets its first glimpse of the largest passenger airliner in the world, the Airbus A380 “Superjumbo“. The A380 is a double-decker, four-engined aircraft which provides seating for 525 people in standard three-class configuration…

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Friday, 10th August 2007

It Must Be a Mirage…

No, you’re not seeing things. That really is a supersonic fighter aircraft parked in a university car park near Paris, France. Believe it or not, this isn’t entirely unheard of, as we’ve previously seen a MiG-21 in a shopping centre…

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Wednesday, 18th July 2007

Synchrotrons

Synchrotrons are just a fancy type of particle accelerator. I’m not the world’s greatest physicist but, as far as I understand it, they are circular accelerators that use an electricity field to speed up sub atomic particles to something near…

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Tuesday, 8th May 2007

The Millau Viaduct (Under Construction)

Although in these images it remains unfinished, the most recent image updates have at least allowed us to see what is today, the tallest road bridge in the world – The Millau Viaduct. Constructed by the Eiffage company (better known…

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Thursday, 29th March 2007

Playground Game?

Does anyone know why these kids in a French playground have formed a giant star shape? Perhaps it’s some sort of playground game, but not one I ever played! Which makes me wonder — has anyone found any other kids…

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Friday, 23rd March 2007

Parachute In Flight

As Google Earth is getting higher and higher resolution images, there’s much more to see in flight that the odd aeroplane, and today we can see a skydiver in flight over a French drop-zone. It looks like the skydiver is…

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Tuesday, 6th March 2007
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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

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