Released on January 14, 2003
This is a mosaic of zooms into 20 different locations prepared to support a paper given at IEEE Visualization 2002. The locations are: Long Beach, CA; New York City, NY; San Fransisco, CA; NASA-Goddard, Boston, MA; New Orleans, LA, Salt Lake City, UT; Sabie River, Africa; Park City, UT, Chicago, IL; Mongu, Africa; Salt Lake City, UT; Amazon, Brazil; Los Angeles, CA; Baltimore, MD; Snwo Basin, UT; Atlanta, GA; Washington, DC; Orlando, FL; and Seattle, WA. Using data from different spacecraft and some powerful computer technology, visualizers at the Goddard Space Flight Center present you with a collection of American cities in a way you have never seen them before. Starting with our camera high above the Earth, we rush in towards 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 ground.