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  • Here's a citation from Mark Aubin's post at the Google Librarian Central, about the source of Google Images:

"We collect it via airplane and satellite, but also just about any way you can imagine getting a camera above the Earth's surface: hot air balloons, model airplanes - even kites."

Please see the whole post at the related link from Google.
  • And, for extra credit, see the blog post about "How Google Earth (Really) Works" by a co-founder of Keyhole, who first built what became Google Earth.


Google Earth acquires their images from many sources. Some of these sources include from satellites in space, airplanes flying over particular locations, and people that drive along the street, taking pictures and video of the area.
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