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NASA is going to broaden the availability of detailed topographical maps collected during the 2000 Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), giving people around the world an unprecedented view of their home turf. Through its Jet Propulsion Lab arm, NASA and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), partners in the shuttle-mapping mission, agreed this week to provide 90-meter (295-foot) resolution digital-elevation data from sites outside the United States to qualified researchers.
Selected data will simultaneously become available to the public.
The two agencies also made public the mission’s research-quality 30-meter (98-foot) resolution topographic data for the entire continental United States.