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Google Goes to Mars
« on: Mar 13 06 11:35 »
oh boy can't wait for Google Mars.

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[SPAN class=Article_Date]03.13.06[/SPAN] [TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0][!--[tr][td] [/td][/tr]--][TBODY][/TBODY][/TABLE][TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0][TBODY][TR][TD][!-- Vignette V6 Mon Mar 13 14:23:58 2006 --][!--WEB 12--][img class=discussion_image height=19 src="http://www.pcmag.com/images/pcm_discuss.gif" width=58 border=0]  [SPAN class=Article_Posts align="left"][A class=Article_Posts href="http://discuss.pcmag.com/forums/1004309793/ShowPost.aspx"]Total posts: 1[/A][/SPAN] [/TD][/TR][/TBODY][/TABLE][/TD][TD vAlign=top align=right][/TD][/TR][TR][TD vAlign=top align=left colSpan=2]
[SPAN class=Small_Content][SPAN class=authorsource]By[/SPAN] [SPAN class=authorsource]PC Magazine Staff[/SPAN][/SPAN] [/TD][/TR][TR][TD align=left colSpan=2][DIV class=article_body]Google's Google Maps site has blasted off to Mars, providing the same "map" data for the Red Planet. The [A href="http://www.google.com/mars/"]Google Mars[/A] default view uses a color-coded elevation map to give some sense of scale, although the view can be configured to show a photographic view (simply in black and white, unfortunately, save for this lovely [A href="http://themis.asu.edu/zoom-20031114a"]true-color view[/A]). As one might expect, the map merely displays the swath of the planet that has been mapped by the [A href="http://themis.asu.edu/"]Mars Odyssey Mission THEMIS[/A] (Thermal Emission Imaging System), which the Google Mars site jumps to to display highlighted images of note.

[/DIV][/TD][/TR][/TBODY][/TABLE]Users can ask the site to highlight mountains, canyons, dunes, and other geographical features, or explore the landers that have mapped the planet. For now, the site simply displays the Red Planet in 2D mode; for users looking to virtually explore it using Google's downloadable [A href="http://earth.google.com/"]Google Earth[/A] client, you'll have to wait; the search giant says that they're "working on it," according to an explanatory help page.



"they're working on it" means Google Mars is coming now with the orbitor going around the planet the place could be mapped pretty quickly.

"We can't stop here. This is bat country."

 

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