NASA World Wind 1.4.1 Alpha / 1.4.0 Final

Comprehensive software that lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth, find locations, work with a compass and distance calculator, and learn about other planets
Considering Earth is a complex subject, it is no wonder that there are a lot of software solutions meant to assist users in learning new and exciting things about it. NASA World Wind is such an application that can help teachers and students alike get familiarized with our planet.

Rich set of features to play with

Compared to other similar tools, NASA World Wind does not focus on a single aspect of the planet, but it rather covers several of them. For instance, users can view the flags for each country of the world, while having the possibility to choose which ones should be visible or hidden.

Finding locations and working with a compass and distance calculator

In addition, they can get the exact location of the mouse cursor or they can get details regarding latitude and longitude. The application also comes with a virtual compass and a distance calculator, both of which can be useful when planning a trip. Furthermore, one can configure NASA World Wind to display the landmarks of an area thus getting details about the most famous touristic attractions located in the neighborhood.

3D view mode and information about different planets

A special side of this application is its Anaglyph Stereo 3D mode, which allows users to view a three-dimensional version of the Earth – needless to say, special 3D glasses are required to fully appreciate this mode. 

Another feature that helps NASA World Wind stand out is the fact that users can also explore other planets such as Jupiter, Mars, the Moon or Venus. This way, they can not only learn about their relief, but they can also get information about their satellites.


The only downside of this application is that it requires a lot of RAM to function smoothly, and if there are numerous other programs running on the computer, lags and even crashes might occur frequently.

An overall efficient and comprehensive educational tool

All in all, NASA World Wind is a fun application that can also be used to learn a lot of new things, especially if the user has the patience to explore its numerous sections.

Reviewed by , last updated on July 10th, 2014

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What's New in version 1.4.0 RC2 Beta
  • Plugin: Movie Recorder (added avi xport)
  • Plugin: Place Finder Loader (Supports more geocoders)
  • Plugin: Satellite Tracker
  • Plugin: Virtal Earth, downloads Microsoft local live data (must be loaded from the plugins menu, then activated by clicking the toolbar icon)
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Application description

World Wind lets PC users zoom from satellite altitude into any place on the globe. Leveraging Landsat satellite imager...

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