Earth3D is an application that visualizes the earth in a virtual 3D real time 3D view. It utilizes information from NASA, U.S.G. and the City of Cairo. The Earth3D software can be downloaded to the computer via a USB cable. The Earth3D program provides numerous map views, including; satellite maps, aerial photos, land elevations, street-level maps, urban or regional topographical maps, mountain topographic maps, terrain maps, and coastallines.
In order to obtain a valid Earth3D certificate, students should research the different areas of science which Earth3D uses data for. Students need to find out if the course or program that they wish to register for utilizes the data that is used in the Earth3D virtual globe application. If a student chooses to take a course that merely describes the Earth3D software and data, without exploring the various scientific methods which are used to map the earth on the virtual map, they will be greatly disappointed with their results.
Students who want to learn more about the science behind the Earth3D software, but do not have a science background may want to consider obtaining a diploma thesis in earth and space science using the Java version of Earth3D. A dissertation can also be written using the Java version of Earth3D. A dissertation can be considered the culmination of a student's Earth knowledge and presents their ideas on how to use Earth imaging to benefit society. Students can then turn their dissertation into a commercial write up using the Earth3D visualization software.