A flipbook of cinematic zoom to earth, with amazing photographic detail and exacting smoothness. Using data from different spacecraft and some powerful computer technology, visualizers at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center have created a perspective of an American city in a way youve never seen before. Starting with the camera high above the Earth, seeing it as a mere dot, we rush in towards it and to the surface at what would be an impossible speed for any known vehicle. Passing though layers of atmosphere, the colors of our destinations shimmer with their own unique characteristics, and suddenly we find ourselves floating in virtual space just above the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.
The computer work to create this animation was done by members of the Scientific Visualization Studio at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland. 6 pages of details about their work, and the history of remote space imaging are included.
A very big and very cool flipbook: 5 x 5.5 inches, 212 pgs (100 full color images, plus six pages of background/historical text, including web links to related NASA sites).
This is a must have book for any store that appeals to science or space related interest. We get alot of the obvious question: how does it sell outside of Washington D.C. The answer is very well indeed. (In fact, my European distributor is currently selling more of these books in Europe than we are in the U.S.!) Beyond space-related, the imagery is just plain amazing and should be considered if only for the "cool" factor. While this is our most expensive flipbook, the size, number of pages, color, and detailed text all prove it's value.