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Goggle Mars

The most recent update or so of Google Earth brought along something I didn't notice until now - the Moon and Mars. I'd seen "Google Mars" as a flat map - this is much, much better, more like Google Earth. In particular, go find Opportunity and look at Eagle Crater, where it landed. There are panoramas made from the zillions of pictures taken by the rover which you can dive into and get the feel of - start at the first one inside the crater, where you can see all the bounce marks left before the lander stopped (including where it obviously bounced back from the opposite side of the crater. Then take a look at the "Lion King" panorama, where a lot of marks were obliterated by tread tracks, as Opportunity circulated the crater, then climbed up to the top. THIS is monumentally impressive, both as a view and when you consider just how much fun it must've been to fit all those images together...

And I really should be out buying dinner. Bye!


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Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)

I clearly need to take a look at Google Earth (or should I say Google Planets, now?;-) sometime soon.

Enjoy your dinner!
Jul. 24th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
I did. :) And happy Googling! One amusing note - apparently the personal location pushpins show up on Mars and the Moon, with the result that you may find your backyard listed as being somewhere in Syria Planum or something. And a strip of lunar landscape I downloaded for a close look at a spot on the Moon followed me back to Earth and turned up in the middle of a rainforest or somesuch. Grin.
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