It gives you the ability to see Earth as if you were an astronaut, Johnson says. But unlike being inside a space shuttle, the program leaders Johnson, curator of space science Ka Chun Yu and earth sciences research associate Bob Raynolds will be able to steer, skimming from place to place, sometimes at the altitude of a space shuttle and sometimes at the altitude of an airplane, or anywhere in between. Its just a really cool way to visit a place youre not actually visiting, notes Johnson.
Catch Digital Earth tonight at 7 p.m. in the museums Gates Planetarium. Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members, and Johnson anticipates that audience requests to see specific parts of the Americas the Amazon rainforest or a peak in the Andes or Rocky Mountains will be part of the show. The museum is at 2001 Colorado Boulevard; call 303-370-6000 or visit www.dmns.org.
Tue., July 20, 7 p.m., 2010