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Monday, January 10, 2005

Bora Bora Seen from Space
It took four years to NASA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to fully process the data gathered during the Space Shuttle Endeavour Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in February 2000 and to produce the Earth's most extensive global topographic map. Unlike previous Earth's maps, this one shows "detailed swaths of Earth's topography previously obscured by persistent cloudiness," according to NASA News.

The latest images delivered by NASA include Australia, New Zealand and many islands in the South Pacific. NASA adds that these new maps are vital to mitigate "the effects of future disasters such as the Indian Ocean tsunami." I don't really know if this statement is true. Mother Nature is certainly stronger than NASA.

Anyway, don't miss this fly-around movie above New Zealand (Quicktime format, 2 minutes, 6.42 MB). And check this overview for more details and images from Bora Bora.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 1:43 PM Comments (0)
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