View the Earth with this NASA tool.


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John Corliss

"World Wind allows any user to zoom from satellite altitude into any
place on Earth, leveraging high resolution LandSat imagery and Shuttle
Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) elevation data to experience Earth
terrain (or any planet with the data) 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.

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

Recommended Specifications:

* Windows 2000, XP Home, or XP Professional
* Intel Pentium 3 1 ghz or AMD Athlon or higher
* 256 MB of RAM
* 3D Graphics Card
o nVidia GeForce 2 Ultra
o ATI Radeon 7500
o Intel Extreme Graphics 2
* DSL / Cable connection or faster
* 2 GB of disk space

World Wind Notes:

World Wind benefits most from a video card with 3d acceleration. If
you don't know your machine comes with one, it is likely to have one
built in if the machine was purchased within the past two years.
World Wind requires DirectX 9b and the .NET Runtime environment to
be installed. These have been included in the World Wind installer
World Wind comes with a certain amount of data you can zoom into.
After a certain point, World Wind will begin to download more images
automatically. At this point, your Internet connection can make a big
difference."

Since I don't use XP and refuse to install dotnet, I'm left out in the
cold on this one.
 
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Tim Weaver

John said:
"World Wind allows any user to zoom from satellite altitude into any
place on Earth, leveraging high resolution LandSat imagery and Shuttle
Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) elevation data to experience Earth
terrain (or any planet with the data) 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.

http://learn.arc.nasa.gov/worldwind/
<chop>

I would like to try this, but it seems half the people on the planet are
trying to get it at the same time.
 
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/3iff //ullins

<chop>

I would like to try this, but it seems half the people on the planet are
trying to get it at the same time.
they done been plumb slashdotted, pardner.
(its ken curtis day around here...)
 
B

Bob Adkins

Since I don't use XP and refuse to install dotnet, I'm left out in the
cold on this one.

Not only that, but it requires a funky version of DX9 that only runs under
dot net. Yecch!

I've heard some bad press on dot net 1.1, and I don't want to mess up my
fresh install of XP SP2.

Too bad. It looks like a great program. :(

-- Bob
 
J

John Corliss

Bob said:
Not only that, but it requires a funky version of DX9 that only runs under
dot net. Yecch!

I've heard some bad press on dot net 1.1, and I don't want to mess up my
fresh install of XP SP2.

Too bad. It looks like a great program. :(

-- Bob

Oh well, there's always Celestia:

http://www.shatters.net/celestia/

which by the way, was updated yesterday!
 
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Tim Weaver

Paul said:
Well it runs well on XPHome SP2. Didn't change any of my DirectX 9c files.

How about a review? I've downloaded it, but haven't installed, yet. Is it
worth the effort?
 
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Roger Hunt

John Corliss said:
My mistake. Update was a month ago. But still.....
Yes but will it let me zoom into my neighbour's back garden to spy on
her sunbathing?
 
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Steveproj

<chop>

I would like to try this, but it seems half the people on the planet are
trying to get it at the same time.

It's working better today, but, 253mb zipped? wow!
 
J

John Corliss

Steveproj said:
It's working better today, but, 253mb zipped? wow!

Holy crap! On the other hand, I downloaded the first three Debian
ISOs, about 650 mb ea.

If you're using a dialup, perhaps you can talk a friend who's using
cable to the download for you.
 
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REM

Not only that, but it requires a funky version of DX9 that only runs under
dot net. Yecch!
I've heard some bad press on dot net 1.1, and I don't want to mess up my
fresh install of XP SP2.

If you have a spare partition now is the time to create an image.

DrvImagerXP v2.2:

http://www.softpedia.com/public/cat/13/2/13-2-39.shtml

The Windows Ultimate Boot Cd contains image programs also.
Too bad. It looks like a great program. :(

I think I'm going to give it a shot.

What have you heard about Dot Net v1.1? I've had it installed for
quite awhile now. I think I started with v1.0 and updated when v1.1
became available.

"World Wind requires DirectX 9b and the .NET Runtime environment to be
installed. These have been included in the World Wind installer"

"World Wind comes with a certain amount of data you can zoom into.
After a certain point, World Wind will begin to download more images
automatically. At this point, your Internet connection can make a big
difference."

The second info is my weakness, 22,600 connect rate :(

It'll be cool to see just how realistic this is though.
 
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