USS Iowa final voyage from Richmond, CA

The USS Iowa left its berth at the Port of Richmond for the journey to San Pablo, CA on May 26th, 2012. Here is the Iowa BB-61 berthed as seen from Google Earth.

Here’s the view of BB-61 mothballed at the Ghost Fleet in Benicia, CA in Suisun Bay in 2009, a tugboat is making a wake pushing into position:

A small crew aboard the USS Iowa began hauling in the mooring lines about 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012 in Richmond, California. The last line was thrown 20 minutes later to cries of “Ship away!” The ship, its shiny gray paint glistening, began easing away from the dock. A small tugboat, the Delta Billie, eased forward to nudge the Iowa even further into the channel to launch the battleship on its way to its new home in Los Angeles. Below is a photo from the Contra Cosat Times as it slips under the Golden Gate Bridge. Read the rest of this entry »

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Octagon in the desert

They say there is all sorts of strange stuff in the desert around Las Vegas. Area 51, nuclear testing zones, etc.

Previously we reported on a triangle shape in the desert, now an octagon has been found, about 38 miles north of Las Vegas in the middle of nowhere. It is exactly 1 mile across. Read the rest of this entry »

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Strange step shape in the Florida forest

This is almost hieroglyphic looking. I’ve looked at this for several days, and have no idea what it might be. All that I am able to ascertain is that it is a clearing, and long piles of what appears to be beach sand (it is in Florida near the ocean) are arranged in a pattern.

Some kind of school for creative bulldozing?

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K-19′s final stop?

You may be familiar with the story of the first Russian nuclear submarine, the ill-fated “K-19″, which had a nuclear accident on board which killed 8 main and others later. K-19 seemed to be one of those boats that was doomed from the start, having deaths that occurred during construction, a failed christening where the champagne bottle didn’t break, as well as all sorts of problems on the trial runs. Wikipedia has a timeline.

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K-19 was the subject of a movie  K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, is loosely based on the story of the K-19‘s first disaster. I happened to watch it last night on one of the movie channels on DirecTV and wondered whatever happened to the sub. I decided to go looking.

According to this news report (and others), K-19 was sent to the Nerpa shipyard in Snezhnogorsk, Murmansk Oblast for scrapping:

3/28/2002: K-19 TO BE SCRAPPED JUST AS MOVIE ABOUT TRAGEDY SET TO BE RELEASED
On 28 March 2002, the K-19 nuclear submarine was sent to the Nerpa Shipyard for dismantlement. The ship was decommissioned and its reactor removed in the 1970s; it has been in Ara Bay since 1990.The ship’s history, which earned it the nickname “Hiroshima,” includes a 1961 reactor accident that killed eight members of the crew, and a 1972 fire that killed another 28. Shortly after the second accident the K-19 was decommissioned from the Northern Fleet. In July 2002, an American movie about the accident, made by National Geographic, will be released, starring Harrison Ford as former Soviet Navy Captain Nikolay Zateyev. [1,2,3]
[1] “Legendaraya podlodka K-19 otpravlena na utilizatsiyu,” Interfax, 28 March 2002.
[2] “Plavuchaya ‘Khirosima’ otpravlena na utilizatsiyu,” Izvestiya, 29 March 2002.
[3] “Nuclear Submarine Sent for Scrapping,” RIA-Novosti, 28 March 2002; in FBIS Document CEP20020328000135. {Entered on 6/19/2002 TM}

I wondered if the boat might be visible in Google Earth via the historical imagery feature. I set about finding out. The first thing I needed to know was what the boat looked like, particularly from the top down view. I located these plans:

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Aerial arrow suggests: “this way”

See it on Google Maps here

Here is what it looks like from helicopter. What is it? Answer below. Read the rest of this entry »

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Odd Desert Triangles

There’s always something odd to be found in the desert. This photo is no exception. Click to enlarge.

Anybody know what this is? Here’s the detail known so far: Read the rest of this entry »

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Explore Osama bin Laden’s compound in 3D

From the Google Earth Blog

It’s just been a few days since Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and already there are a variety of 3D models of his mansion available in the Google 3D Warehouse. Some are nice renderings, some use very realistic textures, and one is simply meant to be funny. However, all of them show that there are some very talented modelers out there, being able to produce models of this quality in such a short time frame.

Here are some of the best ones, in no particular order:

From J.A. Alvarez | details | KMZ

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