“Explore the icy plains of Enceladus, where Cassini discovered water beneath the moon’s crust-suggesting signs of life. Peer beneath the thick clouds of Titan to see methane lakes” – Stafford Marquardt
Almost half a century later than the time when Neil Armstrong landed his foot on the Moon, now Google Maps comes up with yet another scintillating idea of virtually touring its users to Moon. With almost more than 2 billion users in its kitty, the internet giant has already detailed every nook and corner of the world. This fun attempt is yet another feather in its hat of the ubiquity it brags.
Along with earth, now users can virtually visit 16 celestial bodies and explore them of their own interests. The information about this interesting addition to Google’s kitty comes up on this Monday from its Product Manager Stafford Marquardt.
The feature is already rolled out and users can momentarily stargaze planets, natural satellites of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Earth. To experience this eyegasmic feature, all you got to do is as simple as zoom out from your terrestrial Google Maps. When you’ve come out of your home, street, town, city, country, tada!!!!!! You get to see a giant size view of the whole earth. No, the excitement doesn’t stop right there, zoom out further and until you see a list of planets on the left pane.
Now, you can click at any planet and have a complete 360-degree view of the planets. While jumping between the planets, you can also stop-by by the International space station which is yet another interesting addition to the Google’s Street View Program.
With the never ending curiosity of its users, Google answered some of the very interesting questions. It was quoted that the data used to create the Visible and Elevation layers were by the courtesy of high-resolution maps used in the Apollo layers from the U.S. Geological Survey. The answers also thanked the NASA’s Apollo Lunar Surface Journal for its extended support in a major milestone of Google’s celestial foray.
Google also stated that it worked with an astronomical artist named Bjorn Jonsson for assembling the maps to use. Google knows no stints and encourages the same for its users too. Interesting questions and feedbacks are welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org.