TerraServer was founded in 1997 in Raleigh, North Carolina with the simple purpose of finding a commercial market for satellite imagery.
The company then forged a partnership with SOVINFORMSPUTNIK, a Russian company with a cache of 2 meter, panchromatic satellite imagery (SPIN-2).
It was this relationship that yielded a series of high-resolution satellite images of Area 51, Groom Lake, Nellis Air Force base, and the Nevada Proving Grounds.
On April 17, 2000, TerraServer became the first to release these images to the general public, spawning a wave of publicity and enough Internet traffic to down a major Internet provider for over 12 hours.
In recent years, TerraServer has dramatically expanded its image selection by forging relationships with the leading image providers in the industry. The result is the greatest selection and highest quality imagery found anywhere.