Saturday, October 21, 2017

Google Maps incorporates the maps of 12 planets and satellites of the Solar System.


Google Maps has used data compiled by NASA using the Cassini spacecraft to make the map of Enceladus, one of Saturn's satellites - NASA

Thanks to data compiled by NASA using the Cassini spacecraft, the cartographic application allows navigating the surface of the stars, zooming in and showing their main accidents

The cartographical application Google Maps has added to its platform the maps of 12 new stars of the Solar System, among them planets like Venus and satellites like Enceladus (a moon of Saturn), fruit of the collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency.

In the 3D satellite mode section of Google Maps, with which you can navigate the geography of other planets, Google has increased the list with 12 new celestial bodies, among which are the planets Venus and Mercury, the dwarf planets Pluto and Ceres, and several of the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn, such as Io, Dione, Titan and Ipeto. 

Like its application in satellite mode, Google Maps allows to navigate the surface of the stars of the Solar System, making "zoom" and showing the main accidents of the bodies, all of them rocky, like craters, ridges, plains and depressions, and the names they receive.

For the mapping of Enceladus, one of the satellites of Saturn, Google Maps has used the data collected by NASA using the Cassini spacecraft, which recently crashed on the planet. In his 20-year journey around the gaseous planet, Cassini found signs of water beneath the icy surface of this moon, as Google explained in a "post" on his blog. 

As for the maps of the rest of new celestial bodies added, including Europe, Ganímedes, Rea and Mimas, Google Maps has used reconstructions in three dimensions realized by the astronomical artist Björn Jónsson using images of NASA and the European Space Agency.

The new additions of Google Maps add to other celestial bodies whose maps were already available on the platform, which in 2014 added maps of the Moon and Mars for the first time to commemorate the second year of exploration of the Curiosity probe in the Red planet. 

Along with the planets, satellites and exoplanets present in Google Maps, the application also allows to cross the International Space Station and its main corridors, since its incorporation that took place last July.

google maps space moon is one example of what you can see. There is a left bar menu of the planets and satellites.



Source: Google Blog 

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