IMAGES: Come Fly With Me

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Science  09 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5545, pp. 1247
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5545.1247a

Only a maniac would try to fly anywhere near the U.S. Capitol these days, but you can take a virtual flight over Washington, D.C.—or Miami Beach, or San Francisco—at TerraFly, a new site for viewing aerial photographs and satellite images. A project of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Florida International University, the site lets you type in a U.S. address and get a bird's-eye photo (in black and white) then pan across it, seamlessly moving onto adjacent images. A USGS spokesperson says that compared to TerraServer, a similar site, TerraFly will better satisfy scientists' needs because it includes coordinates and will eventually allow users to combine different types of images, including global Landsat 7 satellite data. Browsing images is free, but the site plans to charge for downloading.

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