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NASA World Wind Alternatives

NASA World Wind is described as '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' and is a Map service in the travel & location category. There are more than 10 alternatives to NASA World Wind for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Online / Web-based, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is Google Earth. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Marble or Spectator. Other great apps like NASA World Wind are Zoom Earth, GMap.NET, SAS.Planet and Planetarium.

NASA World Wind alternatives are mainly Map Services but may also be Star Maps or Weather Forecast Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of NASA World Wind.
This page was last updated Jan 4, 2022
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World Wind lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle...

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  1. Google Earth

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad

    Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

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    it has better ouality mapping

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  2. Marble

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    Marble is a Virtual Globe and World Atlas that you can use to learn more about Earth: You can pan and zoom around and you can look up places and roads. A mouse click on a place label will provide the respective Wikipedia article.



  3. Spectator simplifies access to satellite imagery from NASA, ESA and other providers. It gives you access to images archives, but also tracks satellites in real-time to give you information about next image acquisition.

  4. Zoom Earth

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    Live images of Earth, updated every 10 minutes with GOES and Himawari-8, and every 15 minutes with Meteosat. Zoom to Satelite Map view with Street names. Rain and Weather view.

  5. GMap.NET

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Windows Mobile

    GMap.NET is great and Powerful, Free, cross platform, open source .NET control. Enable use routing, geocoding, directions and maps from Google, Yahoo!, Bing, OpenStreetMap, ArcGIS, Pergo, SigPac, Yandex, Mapy.cz, Maps.lt, iKarte.

    Discontinued

    No updates for years, CodePlex shut down after July 1st, 2021.



  6. SAS.Planet

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    This program allows work with any maps service if you can describe getting picture by longitude/latitude(if you want you can write config file or simplepascal script to describe how obtain needle photos).

  7. Planetarium

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    A browser-based virtual planetarium of stars and planets customizable by location (latitude and longitude) and time of day.

  8. pTolemy3D

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    pTolemy3D projects goal is to provide FOSS tools necessary to build your own 3D GeoWeb application. The Viewer application is similar in concept to Google Earth and World WInd Java. Unlike WWJ, there is greater emphasis on the Browser as a platform.

    Discontinued

    Can't find the website.

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  9. TerraExplorer

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad

    TerraExplorer is a powerful, easy to use tool to build, analyze, and navigate high resolution 3D world environments created by fusing aerial and satellite photography, terrain elevation data and other 2D and 3D information layers.onto a 3D map,.

  10. QTViewer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Libmini is free software that displays geographic terrain data at real-time. This is an example application of integrating libmini in the Qt user interface. The application, the libMini QTViewer, primarily uses libmini viewer functions but provides additional camera control.

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