Monday, March 13, 2006

Google Mars

The folks at Google have combined my two interests by creating Google Mars. This site combines their now-familiar map interface with three image-based datasets: elevation, visible and infrared imagery. They have also included 9 different point layers (including spacecraft, craters, and even news stories) that are searchable.

As interesting as this is, they still have some bugs to work out. Zooming in reveals a bizarre patchwork of "no imagery available" squares, that are intermingled with available squares. I much prefer the treatment they gave Google Moon-- zoom in far enough and you see what the Moon is really made of!