Tuesday, May 08, 2007 Posted by Aman Jain
After Google Moon Google expanded its online mapping service by offering ordinary users the chance to explore mars.Google Mars launch date happened to be the 151st birthday of Mars astronomer Percival Lowell .The images of the Red Planet are captured by Thermal Emission Imaging System(THEMIS) on the Mars Odyssey spacecraft through two different missions –Mars Global Surveyor and 2001 Mars Global Odyssey.
The map of the Red Planet can be accessed at www.google.com/mars/(mars.google.com works too)
What can you find on Google Mars ?
There are three types of maps provided by Google Mars for three different purposes.
Here colour coding based on altitude enables users to use the colour key(at the bottom left on the map)to estimate elevations of the surface.The map is generated with data from the the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter(MOLA) on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.
Visible(Black and White Map):
This is the map of the actual surface as visible when one orbits Mars.The images are captured by the Mars Orbiter Camera(MOC) on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft
The sharpest map of mars ever made where details as small as 750 feet are visible .The cooler areas on Mars appear in darker tones and Warmer areas appear in Lighter tones.These details are captured by THEMIS of Mars Odyssey Spacecraft.
So Guys Grab the opportunity of exploring Mars.Some 30 years down from here earth would become too crowded to live and we might be living out on Mars!!!!