NASA Develops More Accurate Mars Map

Mars

The most accurate global map of mars so far has been developed by NASA and the Mars Odyssey spacecraft.  the map is available to researchers and the public.

The map is made of almost 21,000 different images taken by the Thermal Emission Imaging System on the Odyssey.  The map has been compiled over the last eight years, as images have been taken by the Arizona State University’s Mars Space Flight Facility in Tempe, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.

Users have the ability to pan and zoom through the images.  Surface details of 330 feet wide can be seen at the highest magnification. Some parts of mars have been photographed at higher resolution, but this map is the most accurate of the planet of mars as a whole.  The map can be viewed at: http://www.mars.asu.edu/maps/?layer=thm_dayir_100m_v11

 The map lays the foundation for more detailed future mapping of mars.

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Faroh Sauder has spent more than 30 years working as a journalist and educator. He has written on politics, international affairs, civil rights, and consumer education. Now mostly retired, Faroh continues to stay current on tech and consumer issues and reports on his interests here at News For Shoppers.