Google Earth has been "downloaded more than one billion time" today, since it was first introduced in 2005, announced Google. "That's more than one billion downloads of the Google Earth desktop client, mobile apps and the Google Earth plug-in--all enabling you to to explore the world in seconds, from Earth to Mars to the ocean floor, revealed Brian McClendon, VP of Engineering," Google Earth and Maps in a October 5 blog post.
"We're proud of our one billion milestone, but we're even more amazed at the way people have used Google Earth to explore the world. When we founded Keyhole, Inc. back in 2001 (the company was acquired by Google in 2004), we never imagined our geospatial technology would be used by people in so many unexpected ways," said McClendon.
Adding, at "One world. Many stories, we've collected stories from people all over the world who use Google Earth to follow their dreams, discover new and distant places, or make the world a better place."
"Visit the One world. Many stories web site to learn about people like Professor David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia, who's used Google Earth to scan thousands of square kilometers in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Professor Kennedy has discovered ancient tombs and geoglyphs dating back at least 2,000 years, all without leaving his desk in Perth and many more such stories," he said.
You can explore these stories right in your browser with the Google Earth plug-in or download the KML files to view in Google Earth.
Google Earth team has also created a nice infographic title "Google Earth - Arorund the World in 60 Seconds": (Click to zoom)