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EarthCam provides HD Panoramic Views of Construction Progress For Visitors


New York, August 26, 2009 -- The National September 11 Memorial & Museum today opened a 9/11 Memorial Preview Site near the World Trade Center. The Preview Site provides the public with the opportunity to learn about the Memorial and Museum, view the construction progress at the World Trade Center site, and participate in the creation of the Museum by sharing their 9/11 story.

In order to provide the public with information on the plans for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Preview Site will display models and renderings of the project, illustrating what the World Trade Center site will look like when the rebuilding is complete, along with a historic 9/11 timeline.

“Our partnership with EarthCam will allow us to provide real-time images of the progress being made at the World Trade Center site,” National 9/11 Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels said. “EarthCam offers visitors to our website and the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site the ability to follow the construction of the Memorial & Museum and share images with their friends and family. These photos are a very special documentation of history as it is being built.” EarthCam Ground Zero

“Our mission to preserve a comprehensive visual history of 9/11 on EarthCam's site began within minutes after it occurred. The project has continued since with daily live images and archiving of the re-building,”said Brian Cury, EarthCam CEO and Founder. “We look forward to enhancing visitors' experience with live HD quality views of the construction using our new 72 megapixel panorama robotic cameras.”

Visitors to the Preview Site will have the opportunity to make history by sharing their 9/11 story with Museum. An on-site recording booth will allow the public to contribute to the Museum’s planned introductory exhibition that will include a soundscape of people remembering, in multiple languages, where they were on September 11, 2001 and how they learned of the attacks. The Preview Site will help collect these remembrances through 3-minute recorded stories. The recording booth will also be used periodically to record 40-minute remembrances with the national oral history project, StoryCorps. In 2006, the 9/11 Memorial and StoryCorps formed a partnership to collect at least one StoryCorps interview for each of the victims of the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 attacks.

Highlights from the Museum’s collection and access to its collaborative partner, VOICES of September 11 Living Memorial, a digital archive of tributes, will be available through kiosks at the Preview Site. In addition, selected artifacts from the Museum’s growing permanent collection will be presented.

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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, raise the funds, and program and operate the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site. The Memorial and Museum will be located on eight of the 16 acres of the site.The Memorial will remember and honor the nearly three thousand people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations. The Museum will display monumental artifacts associated with the events of September 11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of September 11 and its aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.

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