Google Maps Takes on the Galaxy

Posted by David D'Angelo | 10/11/2008 10:28:00 PM | | 0 comments »

I was surprised to see that Google Maps was not limited to a map depicting the Earth but also to shots of the night sky or the galaxy, a virtual map of the moon with moon landing sites and a cross section virtual map of Mars. Seems like Google is also conquering the Universe.

Google Sky features shots such as the Solar System, Constellations, Hubble Showcase, Backyard Astronomy, Chandra X-Ray Showcase, GALEX Ultraviolet Showcase, Spitzer Infrared Showcase, and Earth and Sky Podcasts. Overall Google Sky provides interesting images of the sky and information from our nearest neighbors in the sky to galaxies and stars stretching far out in the solar system.

Google Mars meanwhile is a shot at a cross section of the planet. This may probably from the reports or images relayed by space missions in Mars. The virtual map is color coded to show elevation of the different regions in the red planet.

Google Moon presents the landing sites of all Apollo Missions from 1963 up to 1972. This includes Apollo 11 up to Apollo 17. When clicked further each of the landing sites will present you with detailed positioning of equipment of each of these missions.