This is so damn cool. NASA has come out with a tool called World Wind.
From the site:
World Wind allows any user to zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth, leveraging high resolution LandSat imagery and SRTM elevation data to experience Earth in visually rich 3D, just as if they were really there.
Combining LandSat 7 imagery with Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) Data, World Wind can display a dramatic view of the Earth at eye level. Users will literally be able to fly across the world in any direction.
Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS produces a set of time relevant data that’s updated every day. MODIS catalogs fires, floods, dust, smoke, storms and even volcanic activity.
Only thing I’m waiting on to make this a truly remarkable and useful tool for my purposes is a weapons system – so I can zoom in on certain select locations and blast mofos from above with my kickass laser death ray. Come on, NASA – hook a brutha up!