Park My Spaceship lets you measure sci-fi ships against real landmarks

Park My Spaceship is the simple and extremely fun app that I didn’t know I needed. It lets you overlay scale images of notable spaceships from sci-fi shows and movies on Google Maps. That’s it. It’s good. You can check to see if Serenity would fit into your backyard or if the Millennium Falcon could land in your neighborhood park. He’s been around since 2018, but I first met him this week when @CincinnatiPhil TIAppris on this and shared his findings on Twitter.

I started placing ships in the greater Seattle area and found that the Millennium Falcon fits perfectly into the fountain plaza in front of the Space Needle, which would look cool as hell. You can almost set up a Star Destroyer in Lake Union or park it on Harbor Island, a tiny landmass made up entirely of dirt removed from the first dump projects dumped in Elliot Bay. (TIL in a TIL: A guy named Charles Butler and his 300 chickens lived there.)

You can also rotate your spaceship and press play to “fly” it around the map. I sent an X-Wing across the West Seattle Bridge, which is the only way to use the West Seattle Bridge at this time.

The Death Star (mark one, that is) is on an entirely different scale. It eclipses Seattle and Tacoma, but it covers roughly the Olympic Peninsula, stretching from Kitsap County to Forks and the Pacific coasts. It is not the moon, indeed.

Santa’s taxis for take off at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

There are boats from Star trek, Mass Effect, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and many other classics of the genre (I just have a weakness for Star wars), even real spaceships. And then there’s the most beloved of all UFOs, Santa’s sleigh. Adorably, the screen filled with drifting snowflakes as I positioned Santa on Seatac’s runway for take off. I hope he’s returned to the North Pole before Omicron comes to town.

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