Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Park My Spaceship is the simple, utterly funny app I didn’t know I needed. It allows you to overlay scale images of notable spacecraft from sci-fi shows and movies over Google Maps. That is it. It is awesome. You can check if Serenity would fit in your backyard or if the Millennium Falcon could land in your neighborhood park. It’s been around since 2018, but I first came across it this week when @CincinnatiPhil TILated about it and shared his discoveries on Twitter.

I started placing ships in the greater Seattle area and found that the Millennium Falcon fits nicely in the fountain plaza in front of the Space Needle, which would look cool as hell. You can almost put a Star Destroyer in Lake Union or park it on Harbor Island, a small landmass made entirely of debris removed from early redevelopment projects dumped into Elliot Bay. (TIL in a TIL: There lived a man named Charles Butler and his 300 chickens.)

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

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

Santa taxis for takeoff at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

There are ships from Star Trek, Mass effect, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and many other classics of the genre (I’m just fond of) Star Wars), even real spaceships. And then there’s that most beloved of all UFOs, Santa’s sleigh. Adorable, the screen filled with floating snowflakes as I placed Santa on the runway at Seatac to take off. I hope he reached the North Pole before Omicron came to town.

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