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NASA World Wind

Many of us dream to go into the space and have a look on the “Blue Ball”, our planet the earth. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the American space agency has created World Wind software, which consists of detailed satellite 3D images of the planet earth. These images are not only of excellent resolution but present minute and fine details also. World Wind was created by NASA Learning Technologies (NASALT) which has been working on the use of 3D virtual worlds and online space education games for many years.

World Wind provides an opportunity to view 3D virtual animated models of the earth, Mars, Jupiter, moon and The Sloan Digital Sky Survey or SDSS.

One can rotate, tilt, and zoom selected body or planet as desired. Similarly political boundaries, latitude/longitude lines, and other location criteria can also be seen on the planet earth. Moreover one can view more than five million places with their names.

NASA World Wind software is available for personal computers and and can be downloaded free of charge from different resources including NASA official website.  Primary data sources come from NASA, and TerraServer-USA of Microsoft Research.

World Wind (1.4) is the latest version of this series and for this software the minimum requirement is Windows 2000 or other equivalent operating system, 256MB of RAM, 3.1 GHz processor or AMD Athlon or higher 3D Graphics card, 2GB hard disk space and of course an internet connection. Video or Graphics Card is the one most important component for 3D acceleration.

a look on the “Blue Ball”, our planet the earth. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the American space agency has created World Wind software, which consists of detailed satellite 3D images of the planet earth. These images are not only of excellent resolution but present minute and fine details also. World Wind was created by NASA Learning Technologies (NASALT) which has been working on the use of 3D virtual worlds and online space education games for many years.

World Wind provides an opportunity to view 3D virtual animated models of the earth, Mars, Jupiter, moon and The Sloan Digital Sky Survey or SDSS.

One can rotate, tilt, and zoom selected body or planet as desired. Similarly political boundaries, latitude/longitude lines, and other location criteria can also be seen on the planet earth. Moreover one can view more than five million places with their names.

NASA World Wind software is available for personal computers and and can be downloaded free of charge from different resources including NASA official website. Primary data sources come from NASA, and TerraServer-USA of Microsoft Research.

World Wind (1.4) is the latest version of this series and for this software the minimum requirement is Windows 2000 or other equivalent operating system, 256MB of RAM, 3.1 GHz processor or AMD Athlon or higher 3D Graphics card, 2GB hard disk space and of course an internet connection. Video or Graphics Card is the one most important component for 3D acceleration.



20.01.2010