Explore the Red Planet with “Google Mars”

GoogleMars"No cities. No seas. No forests and no battlegrounds. No prairies. No nations. No histories and no legends. No memories. Just features, features and names. Argyre and Hellas and Isidis. Olympus and Alba and Pavonis. Schiaparelli and Antoniadi, Kasei and Nirgal. Beautiful double-rimmed Lowell. Names from one world projected onto maps of another. Maps of Mars."

Oliver Morton –Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World.

Mars is a microcosm -a spiritual jumping off place in our exploration of the Universe. The white spaces -the unmapped, unexplored, unknown white spaces of the map of Planet Earth are no more. Mars, Oliver tells us, is not like the Earth: "It is continuous, seamless and sealess. Its great mountains stand alone; there are no sweeping ranges, no Rockies or Alps or Andes. The rivers are long gone. There are no continents and there are no oceans, and thus there are no shores. Given patience,, provisions, and a pressure suit you could walk from any point on the planet to any other. No edges guide the eye or frame the scene. Nowhere says: Start Here."

Google made it easier to take a trek and explore the Red Planet with it’s “Google Mars”. Similar to Google Maps, Google Mars allows users to beam up and scan the surface of Mars, keep track or orbiters, and search for signs of life and old canals.

The map views currently offer three views. Elevation, visible, and infrared. The elevation and infrared views are impressive and should prove to be a huge asset. The elevation feature works with colors that represent different altitudes of the surface. Using the elevation feature, the viewer gets a better view of structural and dimension displaying features. The infrared view will display a black and white imagery, but the outline of ridges and dividing marks becomes apparent. This feature will also prove useful when examining surface features.


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