- Najja Parker The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Calling all space lovers!
Google Maps has just released a new feature that allows you to explore the moons and planets of our solar system.
When you launch Google Maps on your browser, zoom out until you reach outer space, or access it more directly here.
You’ll then be able to click through the options on the left side of the screen to see label images of 16 celestial bodies including Mars, Mercury, Venus, Pluto and the moons that orbit other planets. You can even make a pit stop at the International Space Station.
Once you make your selection, zoom in to take a closer look at the names of the craters.
Google collaborated with artist Bjorn Jonsson to bring the project to life, using the spacecraft Cassini as a resource.
"During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail," Google said in a blog post. "Now you can visit these places — along with many other planets and moons — in Google Maps right from your computer."
Take a look at the cool feature here.