Friday, March 18, 2016

The Marvelous Maps of Mars

Google Mars was released ten years ago this week. Google Mars still exists but these days you can also access a 3d map of Mars by zooming all the way out in the main Google Maps (switch to 3d view and zoom all the way out - the option to switch to maps of the Moon or Mars should then appear in the 'Explore' panel.

Alternatively you can also explore Mars in a beautiful new topographical map of the red planet. Kenneth Field's (Is There) Life on Mars is a gorgeous relief map which allows you to explore the surface of Mars.

As well as being a beautiful looking map (Is There) Life on Mars includes a wealth of information about many of Mars' craters and about spacecraft landings. The map's information panel also intriguingly refers to a hidden element on the map.

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