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Free digital elevation model data for the earth, released around 2009, from latitude 83° south to 83° north. The data covers much more of the earths land mass than the SRTM data. It will need to be investigated as how and if this data can be used. The announcement claims "It is available online to users everywhere at no cost."

There have been several discussions about the ASTER data on the talk mailing list:

No conclusion seems to have been reached as to whether or not this data can in some way be used, but the opinions appear to lean towards "The terms of use are conflicting and silly".

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