Earth  ID: 2887

Great Zoom out of Houston, Texas: Reliant Stadium

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. Special thanks to Digital Globe and Space Imaging for providing the highest reolution data sets used. This animation was produced to accompany the NASA/Columbia tribute during the Super Bowl XXXVIII pregame show.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Marte Newcombe (GST): Animator
Alex Kekesi (GST): Animator
Stuart A. Snodgrass (GST): Animator
Cindy Starr (GST): Visualizer
Kevin Mahoney (CSC): Animator
Randall Jones (GST): Animator
Eric Sokolowsky (GST): Animator
Darrel Williams (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, and Digital Globe/QuickBird; Space Imaging/IKONOS; MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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Data Used:
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This item is part of this series:
Great Zooms

Goddard TV Tapes:

SVS >> Houston
DLESE >> Human geography
DLESE >> Physical geography
SVS >> Super Bowl
SVS >> Zoom
GCMD >> Location >> Texas
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version