Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Explore Mars in your Spare Time

Google Mars is a Google Labs feature that allows you to explore the surface of Mars. It uses the same map browsing technology as Google Maps, so you can quicky zoom and pan across the surface. Links and search allows you to find features, missions, and articles that relate to Mars and their locations on the surface. It also allows you to choose between elevation, visible light, and infrared views.

The main limiting factor is the resolution. For major features like Olympus Mons or Valles Marineris, it works beautifully. However, the infamous 'face' looks like a tiny hill with no visible features.

Overall, however, it's good stuff! Anyone planning a Mars mission?

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