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World Wind not only allows you to view the Earth in fantastic 3D, it also brings the universe to your desktop.

The latest versions of World Wind Let you explore our Solar system and beyond, allowing you to virtually visit many planets in full 3D, and then go on to explore the far reaches of the universe itself.

Imagine looking at the largest volcano in the Solar system, Olympus Mons on Mars, and then jumping nearly instantly to the Sea of Tranquility on our own Moon, where Neil Armstrong first spoke the words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.", then being able to fly off into the stars and see wonders like M64, the sunflower galaxy.

  • The Moon shows imagery from NASA'S 1994 Clementine mission, most of the imagery is at 100-metre resolution, but about 10% is at 20-metre resolution, it also includes terrain data to allow a full 3D experience. For more information see World Wind Centrals Moon page

  • Mars shows imagery from several NASA missions, MOLA, THEMIS, MOC and MDIM, it also includes terrain data to allow a full 3D experience. For more information see World Wind Centrals Mars page

  • Venus shows imagery from NASA'S Magellan mission, it has no terrain data to allow a full 3D experience. For more information see World Wind Centrals Venus page

  • Jupiter shows imagery for the great planet and it's moons, Callisto, Europa, Ganymede and Io, it has no terrain data to allow a full 3D experience. For more information see World Wind Centrals Jupiter page

  • SDSS lets you view imagery obtained by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project to make a map of a large part of the universe. For more information see World Wind Centrals SDSS page


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It has rescued a $400 million satellite, received data from scientific packages left on the moon by Apollo astronauts, and even tracked the BIOS capsule with a monkey on board. The 40 ft (12,19 m) parabolic antenna of CSIR Satellite Applications Centre (SAC) has been providing excellent satellite support services for more than 40 years, dating back to August 1964.

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SALT's First Light: The Southern African Large Telescope released its first images on September 1 2005.

Above: NGC 6447
Below: 47 Tucanae
Pictures: SALT


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Space for Sustainable Development

This new publication by the National Working Group on Space Science and Technology describes the ways in which space is used in our daily lives.

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Minister of Science and Technology Mr Mosibudi Mangena

National space agency will bid for cutting-edge tenders

"South Africa has the skills and facilities to become a leading participant in the global space programme" (Sunday Independent, 1 May 2005)

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