Google Maps adds maps of 12 planets and satellites of the Solar System

Google Maps adds maps of 12 planets and satellites of the Solar System

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You can navigate the geography of the planets Venus and Mercury, the dwarf planets Pluto and Ceres, and several of the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn, such as Io, Dione, Titan and Ipeto.

The mapping application Google Maps has added to its platform the maps of 12 new stars of the Solar System, including planets such as Venus and satellites such as Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, the result of collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency.

In the 3D satellite mode section of Google Maps, with which you can navigate the geography of other planets, Google has increased the list with 12 new celestial bodies, among which are the planets Venus and Mercury, the dwarf planets Pluto and Ceres, and several of the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn , such as Io, Dione, Titan and Ipeto .

Like its application in satellite mode, Google Maps allows to navigate the surface of the stars of the Solar System, doing ‘zoom’ and showing the main accidents of the bodies, all of them rocky, like craters, ridges, plains and depressions, and the names they receive.

For the mapping of Enceladus, one of the satellites of Saturn, Google Maps has used the data collected by NASA using the Cassini spacecraft, which recently crashed on the planet. In his 20-year journey around the gaseous planet, Cassini found signs of water beneath the icy surface of this moon, as Google explained in a ‘post’ on his blog.

As for the maps of the rest of new celestial bodies added, including Europe, Ganímedes, Rea and Mimas, Google Maps has used reconstructions in three dimensions realized by the astronomical artist Björn Jónsson using images of NASA and the European Space Agency.

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