Here at SkyTruth we appreciate the sheer beauty and fun of satellite imagery, in addition to it’s intrinsic scientific and educational value. That’s why we spend waaayyy too much time at the California Geographical Survey checking out the excellent work of Dr. William Bowen.
He’s built a huge and growing collection of 3-D panoramic views and flyover videos from around the planet, created from Landsat and other satellite imaging systems and organized into browsable “digital atlases.” He also produces informational wall maps, designed for classroom use, that educators may download and print.
Browsing this site is a real treat – these maps and images convey the big-picture context of landscapes and environments in a uniquely enjoyable way. It’s the next best thing to spaceflight, and a heckuva lot cheaper!