Not content with mapping Earth and the Moon, Google has extended it’s coverage to Mars. Google Mars allows users to view the surface of the Red Planet either by a colour-coded altitude map, black and white photographs, or an infra-red map.
The maps used on Google Mars were made from images captured by Nasa probes Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor, both currently orbiting the planet. Although most of the maps are already available on the net through Nasa websites, Google said its project is the first time ordinary users can explore the planet in such detail.
Using a similar interface to Google Earth, but without the need to download any software, users can zoom in, with key landmarks highlighted – including the final landing site of the British probe Beagle 2, which launched in 2003 but failed on landing.
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