A flipbook of a cinematic
zoom to earth, with amazing photographic detail and exacting smoothness.
Using data from 3 different satellites along with 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).