Google Maps Fulfills Astronaut Dreams With New Celestial Imagery

first_img Space: the final frontier the next stop on Google Maps.Twenty years ago, the Cassini space probe launched on a mission to discover the secrets of Saturn and its family of moons.Now, anyone with an Internet connection can venture to the Ringed Planet (among other celestial bodies), thanks to Cassini‘s high-definition photos.Google added three planets and nine moons to its virtual Maps program, including Saturn moons Dione, Enceladus, Iapetus, Mimas, Rhea, and Titan.“Explore the icy plains of Enceladus, where Cassini discovered water beneath the moon’s crust—suggesting signs of life,” Google Maps product manager Stafford Marquardt wrote in a blog post.“Peer beneath the thick clouds of Titan to see methane lakes. Inspect the massive crater of Mimas,” he continued. “While it might seem like a sci-fi look-alike, it is a moon, not a space station.”Google added a total of 12 new worlds to explore (via Google Maps)Astronomical artist Björn Jónsson worked with imagery from NASA and the ESA to assemble planetary maps of Europa, Ganymede, Rhea, and Mimas, according to the blog.Fulfill your childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut by also visiting the moons of Jupiter (Europa, Ganymede, and Io), second-planet-from-the-sun Venus, and dwarf planets Pluto and Ceres.There are a total of 12 new digital worlds to probe—and none of the side effects of intergalactic travel.“Grab your spacesuit and check out the rest of this corner of the galaxy that we call home,” Marquardt said.Zoom in to see every documented crater, region, and terrain; click any label for more details about the area type and its name origin.In July, Google and NASA partnered to bring the International Space Station to armchair explorers everywhere, marking the first time Street View imagery was captured “beyond planet Earth,” according to Thomas Pesquet, French aerospace engineer, pilot, and European Space Agency astronaut.It was also the first time annotations were added to the imagery, allowing users to explore the ISS with pop-up notes that provide insights into life in zero gravity.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on targetlast_img read more

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