Google lands on Mars

Google lands on Mars

Summary: Tonight I noticed that mars.google.com now has a CNAME record that points to www.

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googlemars_logo.gifTonight I noticed that mars.google.com now has a CNAME record that points to www.google.com.  This usually means that something is about to happen with that subdomain -- with the exception of calendar.google.com of course.  So I started digging and you will never guess what I found -- a Google Maps type application that lets you view Mars.  This service is called "Google Mars".

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Using this service, you can browse the martian landscape the same way as using Google Maps.  Google has 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.


When you first load the service, you will see a stunning map of Mars that by default shows you elevation.  You can switch between the three views by clicking the buttons in the top right corner.

According to the about page, you cannot currently use the Google Earth client to view Mars data -- but they're "working on it"

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  • Very small area covered

    In fact, just one section only & the rest is just a repeat of the same section itself!
    shaq774
    • Martian Wallpaper?

      Where are the seams? The zoom-out appears to be a repetition..Is this a repetition of the whole planet or just a section??
      marvelball
    • RE: Google lands on Mars

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  • Funny coincidence

    I looked for a mars.google.com just yesterday, because someone posted on slashdot wishing they had one. It wasn't there yet. But today it is. That was fast.
    dtfinch
  • Google Mars part of larger project...

    Google Mars is only the beginning of something larger that Google has planned--a Universe or Galaxy product. They've dropped hints and registered domains, see post for details.

    http://thegooglist.blogspot.com/2006/03/google-galaxy-starts-with-mars.html

    (Mars was also available through Keyhole, the Google Earth predecessor).
    Googlist
  • FYI: Complete Mars already online in 3D

    Hello ZDnet,

    just wanted to let you know that I have
    brought the entire Nasa Mars Mola set
    online in a 3D piece two years ago

    Title: Mars 3D - Virtual Red Planet
    Url: http://www.mission-base.com/mars/

    The 3D is done in VRML, you need to
    install a VRML browser pluggin to see it.

    Maybe somebody is interested.

    Greetings

    Peter Graf
    pgraf
    • RE: Google lands on Mars

      @pgraf <br><br>Google Mars has been around for a <a href="http://www.trsohbet.com">sohbet</a> good while. When I first tried Google Earth a few months back, I got a <a href="http://www.trsohbet.com">chat</a> message asking if I'd be interested in Google Mars <a href="http://www.trsohbet.com/portal">portal</a> also. Looked once or twice but I really wasn't looking for a Mars vacation. I wanted a place with a more romantic atmosphere; something you can breathe in.<br><br>Now, maybe that's only because I am a registered Google user and so i had access to the "beta' stuff. Can't remember if it was beta but it was good.<br><br>I believe that the repetition occurs because the orbiter did what orbiters do; it orbited! It did not go from <a href="http://www.forumuz.net">forum</a> point A to point B but from A to A again. (actually, it took several orbits to get all the data).<br>I also do not believe that the data covers pole to pole (although I may be wrong here --there was that one time I was wrong...). Nevertheless, it does circumnavigate the planet (or that is my understanding --although I may be wrong again but what are the chances of that happening? ).
      cstrathmore
  • ZipCode

    Cool!

    But, does Google Mars support address/zipcode search?
    D T Schmitz
    • Re: ZipCode

      Hello,

      I don't know what Google thinks about
      ZipCode searches, but ZDnet thinks
      Mars is in Europe,

      see the Sponsored Links section below the article,
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      Check availability and Save 75% on Mars
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      Greetings

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      pgraf
      • Actually, that is what AdSense thinks

        Sponsored Links are mostly from Google. They determine the context.
        JFPSF
  • what is the releationship with google and dmoz?

    what is the releationship with google and dmoz?
    how can i add my url to google?
    <a href="http://www.tapehome.com/"> 3M-JiaoDai</a>
    3mtape
    • how to go to dmoz?

      sometimes you have to use proxy IP to apply your url to dmoz---if you are not in a western country.<a href="http://3M-datong.ebigchina.com/"> 3M-ShuangMianJiao</a>
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  • Contrary to implications by the article and one poster,

    Google Mars has been around for a good while. When I first tried Google Earth a few months back, I got a message asking if I'd be interested in Google Mars also. Looked once or twice but I really wasn't looking for a Mars vacation. I wanted a place with a more romantic atmosphere; something you can breathe in.

    Now, maybe that's only because I am a registered Google user and so i had access to the "beta' stuff. Can't remember if it was beta but it was good.

    I believe that the repetition occurs because the orbiter did what orbiters do; it orbited! It did not go from point A to point B but from A to A again. (actually, it took several orbits to get all the data).
    I also do not believe that the data covers pole to pole (although I may be wrong here --there was that one time I was wrong...). Nevertheless, it does circumnavigate the planet (or that is my understanding --although I may be wrong again but what are the chances of that happening? ;-) ).
    The King's Servant
  • Yes this has ben around for months

    As King's Servant says, Google Mars (and Google Moon http://moon.google.com) have been around for months.
    alexclover
  • Google Moon

    I just tried the google moon and when I zoomed all the way in, It looks like cheese. So from googles point of view, the moon is make of cheese.
    sdf3@...
  • Now, all they have to do is

    Now, all they have to do is add the streets overlay, the same as Google Maps...lol
    stan@...
  • This is....Diffrent.

    i dont know who google was kidding around with when they came up with this idea. its great and all, but who cares? its MARS! google sketchup is MUCH better. thats all i have to say.
    ;]-
    twinkle??
    XxTwinkle_TearxX
  • RE: Google lands on Mars

    this is not my real home. come & see me on the planet
    ;lkjihjb432