Google Street View is taking most humans where they never will be on Earth: the South Pole.
The Street View vehicle that has been seen mapping the streets of New Orleans wasn't used, though. Apparently, the roads at the South Pole are worse than the cratered environs of the city.
"This new imagery was collected with a lightweight tripod camera with a fisheye lens—equipment typically used to capture business interiors through the Business Photos program. We worked with this technology because of its portability, reliability and ease-of-use (our Street View trikes wouldn’t be much use in the snow)," said a Google blog post.
Viewers from the comfort of their computer chairs can even go inside a cabin that was used by early explorer Ernest Shackleton in Antartica.
"The goal of these efforts is to provide scientists and travel (or penguin) enthusiasts all over the world with the most accurate, high-resolution data of these important historic locations. With this access, schoolchildren as far as Bangalore can count penguin colonies on Snow Hill Island, and geologists in Georgia can trace sedimentary layers in the Dry Valleys from the comfort of their desks. Feel free to leave your boots and mittens behind, and embark on a trip to Antarctica."