About Gigapans

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Gigapans are high-resolution panoramas created by combining dozens or hundreds of digital photographs into one seamless image. The photographs are taken with a normal digital camera mounted on a robotic tripod head. This motorized, programmable robot precisely aims the camera and trips the shutter to capture complete coverage of broad areas with many zoomed-in overlapping photos. The photos are then uploaded to a personal computer and combined into a single image.  The gigapan software was first developed by NASA to produce panoramic images from small photographs radioed back to Earth by the Mars rovers. The completed gigapans are uploaded to the Gigapan.org webserver so they can be viewed from anywhere, including through Salisbury's website.

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Gigapan is a recent development of the Global Connection Project, which aims to help us meet our neighbors across the globe, and learn about the planet itself. Gigapan will help bring distant communities and peoples together through images that have so much detail that they are, themselves, the objects of exploration, discovery and wonder. All of the gigapans at the Salisbury website, and 30,000 others, can be seen by anyone with an internet connection.

As we learn about our town, so does the world.

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Each of the gigapans at this site can also be viewed at gigapan.org by clicking on the word GigaPan in the lower right corner of each panorama. There you can find more information about each gigapan, make new snapshots, leave comments, view the gigapan fullscreen, or view the gigapan projected on the inside of a sphere ("View in Google Earth").

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The gigapan technology was developed by the gigapan Teams at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Generous funding from the Fine Foundation in Pittsburgh provided Chris Fastie with the training and equipment that made the Salisbury Panoramas website possible.