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  • May 17, 2007
    DiSTI F-16 flight simulator uses World Wind Java

  • May 8, 2007
    World Wind Java SDK preview

  • May 2007
    World Wind featured in "Towards the Geospatial Web"

  • February 14, 2007
    World Wind 1.4 released

  • May 12, 2006
    World Wind 1.3.5 released

  • April 20, 2006
    World Wind 1.3.4 released

  • October 25, 2005
    World Wind released

    Blue Marble Next Generation information page (link)

    Moon data information page (link)

  • October 21, 2005
    World Wind 1.3.3 released

  • September 9 , 2005
    World Wind community develops Katrina Data Add-on (link)

  • August 25, 2005
    NASA World Wind helps solve 3,000 year old mystery of ancient Ithaca, the island home of Homer's Odysseus (link)

  • August 13, 2005
    World Wind 1.3.2 released

  • May 26, 2005
    World Wind released

  • March 29, 2005
    World Wind 1.3.1 released

  • March 2, 2005
    World Wind 1.3 released

  • January 26, 2005
    World Wind 1.2e released

  • November 24, 2004
    World Wind 1.2d released

  • October 8, 2004
    World Wind full installer

  • October 5, 2004
    1.2c: Terrain cache, configurable cache size and directory, default web browser, limited proxy support, & Rapid Fire MODIS stability.

  • September 7, 2004
    Update: MODIS fix & patches

  • September 1 , 2004
    Patch: Internationalization bug and speed boost

  • August 29, 2004
    Update: Political boundary fix
  • August 6, 2004
    World Wind 1.2 released

World Wind .NET

Download the original version of World Wind for Windows.

World Wind Java SDK

Download a preview version of World Wind for software developers.


World Wind lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, World Wind lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there.

Virtually visit any place in the world. Look across the Andes, into the Grand Canyon, over the Alps, or along the African Sahara.

View Java based World Wind demos on our collection of demos.

For a quick summary of what World Wind is about see our pdf flyer.

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NASA has released World Wind as an open source program to improve its quality through peer review, maximize awareness and impact of NASA research, and increase dissemination of World Wind in support of NASA's mission: To inspire the next generation of explorers ... as only NASA can.

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NASA Learning Technologies is a NASA R&D effort for the engineering of teaching tools that deliver NASA content in the most engaging and dynamic manner possible. NASA LT builds the pipeline and the delivery point for unencumbered access to the best data NASA has to provide.


NASA World Wind leverages Microsoft .NET technology for rapid development and to easily access open standards such as XML, WMS, and other graphics standards. Real-time 3D graphics are driven by DirectX allowing a wide base of compatibility with accelerated video hardware.

TerraServer-USA of Microsoft Research hosts USGS aerial photography and topographic maps found in NASA World Wind. (

The Java version of World Wind thanks EJ Technologies for their developer tools. (

  World Wind is developed at NASA Ames Research Center by Chris Maxwell, Randy Kim, Tom Gaskins and project manager Patrick Hogan.  
Editor: Randolph Kim
NASA Official: Patrick Hogan
Last Updated: 10/16/2006
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