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By Scott Knaster, Google Developers Blog Editor

You know Street View as the cool Google Maps feature that gives you a peek at your destinations as you map them out. This week, Street View went off-road – way off, all the way to the Amazon Basin. Instead of streets, the Street View team photographed forests, villages, and rivers. The team used more than 50,000 photos to build the Amazon views, and the scenery is much more beautiful than most streets.

Tributary of the Rio Negro - View Larger Map

Speaking of places where there are no streets, take a look (and a listen) to this video of a day in the life of a Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) during a Space Shuttle launch. The video includes a 720p HD version, and the audio was cleaned up by Skywalker Sound to make it sound its finest.



Finally, check out these photos of the sunken Titanic published by National Geographic. This completes our tour of land, air, and sea. Now you can go and enjoy the outdoors yourself!


Once a week we post a Fridaygram, which has little to do with developer announcements and is just for fun. Each Fridaygram item must pass only one test: it has to be interesting to us nerds. Special congrats to the team at Skywalker Sound for resisting the urge to add anything to the SRB video.