Thursday, May 19, 2011

Precize 3-D model of Mount Everest

The highest mountain on earth is now available as 3D terrain model free for download. The resolution of the model is 50 by 50 cm. Not everyone can climb the Mount Everest (even though several hundred cimbs are registered each year, and still claim their victims) from their living room.



Scientists of the DLR (Deutsches Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrt) together with 3D Realitymaps and Digitalglobe have calculated a realistic three-dimensional model based on satellite imagery. The software for calculating the model was originally used for making 3D models of Mars. According to scientists currently it is not possible to create a more precise model based on civil satellites. The 8848 meters high mountain was recorded by various satellites and different angles. These data builds the foundation of the terrain model and 3D textures. To use the model on your personal computer you have to install a special viewer which can be downloaded via http://everest3d.de for free.
The viewing software supports a live tracking where you can follow mountaineers on their tour to the summit.

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