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Has anyone played with this yet?

http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/

World Wind, an open source 3D interactive world viewer, was created by NASA's Learning Technologies (http://learn.arc.nasa.gov) project, and released in mid-2004. It is now developed by NASA staff and open source community developers.

At its simplest you can think of World Wind as a desk globe, however World Wind is not a simple desk globe.

World Wind allows any user to zoom from outer space into any place on Earth. World Wind leverages satellite imagery and elevation data to allow users to experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if they were really there. Virtually visit anyplace in the world. Look across the Andes, into the Grand Canyon, over the Alps or along the African Sahara.

Unlike your desk globe World Wind can display thousands of placenames all over the world, from Country capitals to villages in sparsely populated regions. You can see country borders, and in some cases intracountry borders such as US states.

World Wind can also be expanded to include additional imagery and data.. There have already been a number of add-ons created, from Norway's Prehistoric Hillforts to additional planets.

Features
World Wind offers the following built-in features:

Worlds
Earth — The planet we live on.
Moon — Usually the brightest object in the night sky.
Imagery
Blue Marble — World Wind has a full copy of the Blue Marble, a spectacular true-color image of the entire Earth. Put together from data of a variety of satellites such as MODIS and Terra, the Blue Marble can be seen in all its glory at 1 km per pixel resolution.
LandSat 7 — LandSat 7 is a collection of images from 1999-2003 at an impressive 15 m per pixel resolution. LandSat 7's resolution makes it possible to see your own city, neighborhood, or landmarks in your vicinity. Seeing the whole globe like this puts the world in context with scientifically accurate data. You can view LandSat imagery in visible colors or in False Color bands.
USGS — United States Geological Survey data. USGS provides Topography maps, 1-Meter detail images of most of the United States and Urban Area images of most of the major cities down to detail of .25 Meters.
Terrain Data
SRTM — Combining LandSat 7 imagery with Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) Data, World Wind can display a dramatic view of the Earth at eye level. Users will literally be able to fly across the world in any direction.
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Tools
Rapid Fire MODIS — For getting near real time images from orbiting satellites with resolution down to 250 m. You can filter the MODIS data by date and by event. Data is then downloaded and displays an icon in World Wind showing what event it is and where it happened. You can zoom in to view the event.
WMS Browser — Web Mapping Server allows you to connect to any WMS server such as the included SVS.
SVS (Scientific Visualization Studio) — Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has produced a set of visually intense animations that demonstrate a variety of subjects such as hurricane dynamics and seasonal changes across the globe. World Wind can take these animations and play them directly on the world. Anyone can immediately grasp where the event is taking place as World Wind rotates automatically into view.

[grabbed from the e-mail sent from NASA feed]

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I love World Wind! In some ways I think it's better than Google Earth.

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NASA's World Wide Wind is the greatest map viewer software I have ever soon. It is totally, totally awesome.

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I like the fact that it can drape animations over the globe. I don't think the other Globe viewers can do that.

The addition of the Moon is pertty cool. I am sure that in the near future we will ba able to fly from planet to planet and fascinate ourselves with draped imagaery and data.
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I an fascinated of the thought of draping imagery data over myself... :)
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http://www.worldwind...at's_new_in_1.4

World Wind's latest update has new 3D capabilities - as in blue and red 3D glasses. Interesting on how popular this type of software has become since this thread first started.

-Danielle




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