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World Wind allows any user to zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth, leveraging high resolution LandSat imagery and SRTM elevation data to experience Earth in visually rich 3D, just as if they were really there. Particular focus was put into the ease of usability so people of all ages can enjoy World Wind.

All one needs to control World Wind is a two button mouse. Additional guides and features can be accessed though a simplified menu. Navigation is automated with single clicks of a mouse as well as the ability to type in any location and automatically zoom into it. The World Wind install package is all you need to get started. It contains all the other requirements such as the .NET runtime and managed DirectX library. Just download the ZIP file, extract and run the setup program.

World Wind can display a combination of data from a variety of sources:

  • Blue Marble – A full true color Earth as seen on NASA’s Earth Observatory
  • LandSat 7 – An extremely detailed mosaic of imagery that’s detailed enough to see freeways, stadiums, anywhere on the Earth.
  • SRTM – Elevation data gives rise to mountains, volcanoes, hills, and valleys.
  • Animated Earth – A collection of Earth science data set in motion. See how hurricanes move and fires spread.
  • GLOBE – See temperature, rainfall, and more across the entire globe.
  • Country & State borders – See outlines directly on the Earth as they trace rivers, mountain ridges, or latitude & longitude lines.

For a thorough list of features, user manual, key chart, screenshots and more, please visit http://learn.arc.nasa.gov/worldwind/

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