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I was going to post this on this thread:
http://portal.plus.net/central/forums/viewtopic.php?t=32575&start=15

but it would have taken it waayyy off topic... So I thought I would post this here for any interested parties.

Johncooper finished off by linking to a torrent/site for NASA's World Wind.

The World Wind software linked to above is very similar to Google Earth, however Google Earth does not need a 180mb download - and has areas of the planet covered by very high res images. You do need Broadband to use Google Earth though.

Example, the first image is of an area of London viewed in the highest possible resolution on World Wind (NASA). The second shows the same area on Google Earth, and the third is another section of the same area on Google Earth - just zoomed in a little further Wink Oh and google earth is free too.

http://earth.google.com/

Just thought that JohnCooper and others may be interested - be warned though, once you have played with Google Earth for a while, you will waste hours on there and not realise where the time has gone...

Areas of interest in high res that I have looked at so far are:

Niagra Falls
The pyramids & Sphynx
The Parthenon
The Colloseum
Mount Rushmore
Area 51
Las Vegas
New York (after 911, so you can see the area known as ground zero)
Bill Gates' Home
Disney World

Just thought people (staff and customers alike) could take their minds off all the negtive posts for a while, looking at the Earth and just how vast our planet is, and how small we really are - it kind of takes your mind off whatever problems or issues you may have in your life right now.

Try it - you'll be amazed how you float off into happy/curious land.

And no, I've not been smoking anything.

London with NASA software:


London with Google Earth:


Buckingham Palace with Google Earth:
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Get google earth going on 98 and I'll take it.
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Totally agree, a few other places of interest

Hoover Dam/Lake Mead/Grand Canyon
Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco
Skydome/CN Tower - Toronto

I'm just thinking of places that I've visited (in real life) and then looked at on Google Earth.
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Dave,

Careful you dont get addicted to it! I have...
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I saw the same thread and downloaded both about a week ago. I have wasted so many hours on the damn things.

The images are better on google earth, but the terrain is much better on World wind. You can get a fantastic idea of how hilly certain places are by zooming in and changing the perspective Cool
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Google earth is great but doesn't work with win 98. Therefore I'm stuffed.
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The google earth website now has updates/overlays so you can view pre and post hurricane Katrina.

We have some friends in Biloxi that we have not been able to reach by phone, their area does not look good. Sad
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some nice shots there Smiley

I wasn't really linking to World Wind for the images, the OP had asked ~

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I am not new to computers or Internet, but would like to know of a real use (legitimate only please) of p2p.


my point was more in the vein of "there are legitimate uses for P2P" - it's NASA's d/l method of choice so not all P2P=illegal.
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Totally agree, a few other places of interest

I'm just thinking of places that I've visited (in real life) and then looked at on Google Earth.


yeh i agree

so far

sheffield
manchester
stockport

all i have ever visited :-)
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You can actually see some of the golf courses my aunt plays at on It. That's it I'm booting the laptop.
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Just a point for those who have tried using the NASA World Wind program.

To get the best out of it you need to change from the default resolution that doesn't give you much definition to one of the "Community Landsat" ones. or for a lot of places in the states to the "USGS 1 m Ortho" resolution.
Using these you can almost count the rivets on the Battleship "Alalbama"

And clearly identify the launch pads at Cape Kennedy.