The newest thing from Google March 16, 2006Posted by jtintle in Mars, Space Fotos.
Well as most would know, Google likes to release new features in their Labs section. Well their newest release is called Google Mars. It’s like Google Maps but for Mars…From their Frequently Asked Questions section here is one question:
1. What am I looking at?
We’ve included three different types of data in Google Mars:
Elevation – A shaded relief map, generated with data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. This map is color-coded by altitude, so you can use the color key at the lower left to estimate elevations.
Visible – A mosaic of images taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. MOC is like the digital camera you have at home. Basically, this is what your eyes would see if you were in orbit around Mars.
Infrared – A mosaic of infrared images taken by the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Warmer areas appear brighter, and colder areas are darker. Clouds and dust in the atmosphere are transparent in the infrared, making this the sharpest global map of Mars that’s ever been made.
So enjoy the newest release