Before Google Earth and Google Satellite began receiving the well deserved attention it receives each day, a similar 3-D open source, imagery program named World Wind was online providing access to aerial and satellite imagery from a variety of sources. If you’re interested in learning more, I blogged this interesting app back in April. So, you might be wondering why I’m bringing it up again? Two words, new content! Yesterday, at the NASA Ames Lab in California, 3-D imagery of the moon was released for the World Wind platform. World Wind is free software to download and use.
The newly expanded NASA ‘World Wind’ computer program can ‘transport’ Web users to almost anyplace on the moon, when they zoom in from a global view to closer pictures of our natural satellite taken by the Clementine spacecraft in the 1990s. Computer programmers at NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley originally designed the World Wind program to deliver satellite images and data of Earth to the Internet…”We have just digested the best of the Clementine images, so we can now deliver the moon at 66 feet (20 meters) of resolution,” said Patrick Hogan, manager of the World Wind Project Office at NASA Ames. “This is a first. No one has ever explored our moon in the 3-D interactive environment that World Wind creates,” noted Hogan.
Postscript: Now word on if/when this content will be available from other sources. Of course, we do know that a certain search engine has recently announced a deal to open a research center at the NASA Ames facility.
Postscript 2: Of course, Google Moon is one of many sources of imagery of the moon.