Capital Zoom is a seamless, cloudless zoom-in from a global view down to the nation's Capitol building that is composed entirely of satellite data. This data includes IKONOS 1 meter data, Landsat-7 15/30 meter data, Terra/MODIS 250 meter data, and Terra/MODIS 8 kilometer data. The visualization first zooms in seamlessly, then zooms out/in showing where the different data set layers reside. This visualization has been accepted to SIGGRAPH 2001. It includes narration. This visualization was created using Maya for motion control, Renderman for rendering, IDL for pre-processing of the data, Imagine for image registration, and Photoshop for color matching.
A narrated zoom from space to the Capitol Building in Washington DC, followed by a zoom back out to space showing the area covered by each of the four data sets used in the animation. This animation was chosen for the Animation Theater at SIGGRAPH 2001.