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Fly me to the moon

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 27, 2005

NASA’s World Wind 3D mapping tool (like Google Earth on steroids) now goes where only 12 men have been before: the moon.

“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.

Launched in early 1994, Clementine took 1.8 million pictures of the lunar surface during a two-month orbit of the moon. The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and NASA jointly sponsored the Deep Space Program Science Experiment that included the Clementine spacecraft. Its principal objective was to ‘space-qualify’ lightweight imaging sensors and component technologies for the next generation of Department of Defense spacecraft.

w00t!

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