First released in 2004, NASA’s World Wind is an open source, 3-D model of Earth generated from satellite imaging data.
It’s not just a fancy globe. The model is designed to accommodate all kinds of information about our planet that can be updated in real time.
Strategic News Service publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson says World Wind is sparking a revolution in planetary data visualization. Anderson is so impressed by the technology that he made “Digitizing the Planet” the theme of his recent Future in Review, or FiRe, conference in southern California.