Friday, August 11, 2006

Pursuant to my geek-love of NASA's WorldWind, I found out awhile back an experimental site called Flash Earth which delivers image data from Google Local and Windows Live Local through a flash-based delivery interface. It's not nearly as robust as WorldWind, but it's also much simpler and faster to use if you don't have a need for all the bells and whistles.

So, for your amuzement and amazement here are some links of interest I have bookmarked:

Cleveland Browns Stadium - Home of my beloved Cleveland Browns

The Kremlin in Moscow - Can you imagine imagery like this being available during the Cold War?

Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site - site of several Soviet nuclear tests

Christmas Island (Kiritimati) - site of several US nuclear tests during Operation Dominic

Bikin Atoll (Marshall Islands) - one of the primary US test sites in the Pacific; clearly visible in the upper left is the crater from Castle Bravo (at 15MT, the largest ever nuclear test by the US).

Enewetak Atoll (Marshall Islands) - the other primary US test in the Pacific; the first thermonuclear (or "hydrogen") bomb, Ivy Mike (10.4MT), was detonated here.

Nevada Proving Grounds - The famed Nevada Test Site where the first ever atomic bomb, Trinity, was detonated (notice the pockmarked landscape from all the low-yield tests carried out)

Hiroshima - target of the first nuclear weapon ever used against another nation (the actual visual target was this bridge)

Nagasaki - target of the second (and to date, last) nuclear weapon ever used against another nation


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