NASA Television is airing a new computer-animated 3-D flyover of the Los Angeles area, created with detailed mapping data from NASA's recent Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. The video takes viewers zooming along a 90-mile stretch of the San Andreas fault to the intersection of the Mojave Desert's Garlock fault -- one of the region's greatest quake hazards. Stills from the video are at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pictures/srtm .
The February flight of the Space Shuttle carried the JPL experiment, which used a 61-meter long (200-foot) antenna boom -- the largest structure ever extended from the Shuttle -- to gather mapping data over almost 80 percent of the Earth's surface.
Called "the most successful science Shuttle mission ever," the huge amount of data returned from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission represents a giant leap forward in our knowledge of Earth's surface. The 11-day mission has produced unrivaled 3-D images of the Earth's surface, which will be used for a wide variety of ecological, geological, meteorological, sociological and civil engineering projects affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of people for decades to come.
The new video highlights the potential of SRTM imagery to better understand earthquakes, volcanoes and other geologic events. The video to be shown is typical of imagery which will be available of the entire Earth in weeks and months to come.
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