NASA's Killer App for Geography Nuts Like Me
By jhawk on Sep 08, 2005
I found on Source Forge the other day this terrific Windows application. (Sorry Mac users, you are out of luck on this one.) World Wind allows you to view the Planet Earth and to Zoom into any place in the world (literally). The really interesting part of this is the way it uses the Internet to provide a unique User Interface Experience. Everyone is familar with a Globe. This application takes the Globe and turn it into a database of image and country data information. As you zoom into a location on the Globe, World Wind retrieves satellite images and country data on the location you are viewing. The longer you view the location, the more details are retrieved.
For the record, if you are planning on using this to spy on your neighbors, you might be out of luck. Most of these satellite images are years old. I'm sure as popularity of this application kicks in, more and more recent images will be added. For example, I zoomed into Silicon Valley, and I can see the 85 Freeway still under construction. Maybe Google's website will have more recent information. It would be cool to combine the World Wind User Interface with Google's Image Database.
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