3D Animation Flying into the Grand Canyon by NASA

This animation starts at Lees Ferry near the eastern end of the Grand Canyon. The journey ends at the Grand Wash Cliffs on the western edge.

This detailed animation starts at Lees Ferry, a popular rafting launching spot, near the eastern end of the Grand Canyon. From there it travels as though flying west into the Colorado Plateau. You cruise past the national park areas on the South and North Rims, and into the western lava flow area with an ancient volcano. The journey ends at the Grand Wash Cliffs on the western edge.

This animation work was sponsored by NASAS Mars Exploration Program and was produced for Mars Public Engagements. It was part of the National Parks Initiative for Earth/Mars Comparisons project. Special thanks to the Geological Society of America GeoCorps Program. Landsat imagery courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and USGS Center for Earth Resources Observations and Science.

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