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Mapping the universe (2)


I’ve posted a few times about maps. With ubiquity of information, choice and content I believe that alongside search, dynamic maps of all kinds will be increasingly important tools to help consumers navigate, understand and differentiate. There’s a big subject here, of which more later, but just for a bit of fun and just to show that anything can now be mapped, it turns out Google has wider ambitions than just mapping the surface of the earth and has begun work on the solar system. Google labs have collaborated with Nasa to map the surface of Mars. It produces some quite amazing images using data from Nasa’s Mars Global surveyor spacecraft. Can’t quite fathom out why they’ve done this, but hey, if you’re into it they have even used the data to construct a 3D fly-through movie of the Valles Marineris, Google earth stylee.

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