It is the first satellite map of Earth, showing the real world as
it appears from space.
The work required one year of effort by Van Sant and his technical team using
the world's most powerful graphics
In 1988 during the
height of the Cold War, every boardroom and schoolroom in the world
displayed maps and globes of the world with every country a different
was also a time of envionmental crisis of great proportions:
extinction of species, industrial poisoning of rivers and lakes worldwide,
depletion of ozone protection in the atmosphere.
No one knew what the
world, their home and place in space truly looked like.
On April 15th, 1990,
Tom and his team completed the First Map of Earth as it appears from Space.
The image was first published as the title page of the 1990 National Geographic World Atlas.
1991 it has been adopted by all U.S. federal agencies, has been published in
over 300 magazines and atlases, and is the largest
selling image in the world.