Cloud Computing: Google Maps, Street View Show Recovery Progress at 9/11 Ground Zero Site

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-09-09 Print this article Print
Ground Zero

Ground Zero

A quick search for ground zero in Google Earth returns several options related to the 9/11 site.
Sunday, Sept. 11 marks the 10th anniversary of the most destructive terrorist attack on the United States soil when two hijacked passenger jets were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center's twin towers, killing 2,819 people. On the same day, another hijacked airliner crashed into the U.S. Defense Department's massive Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. Yet another was flown into the ground at Stonycreek Township, Pa., after captive passengers tried to retake control of the plane. Nearly 3,000 people died in the planes and on the ground in the 9/11 attacks. Most people will never make it to ground zero to mourn and pay tribute to those who died. But that shouldn't stop them from seeing the progress that has been made at the site in lower Manhattan to clear the rubble and rebuild. With Google Earth, Google Maps and Google Street View, Web users have a way to virtually visit the site and view the progress that has been made with the reconstruction. The Web allows users to view the compound where U.S. Special Forces killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, in May. Take a virtual tour in this eWEEK slide show.

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