earth zooom 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 NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have created a perspective of an American city in a way you’ve 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). $12.00 Back to the home page www.opticaltoys.com or click the face.