You can explore Mars and the moon with Google Maps

Street View forthcoming?


Mike Fenn


Published Aug 8, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 7:32 pm CDT

Now that it has conquered our own planet, Google Maps is now looking toward the rest of the galaxy. In fact, it has mapped both the moon and Mars.

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According to International Business Times, the mapping leader has added the ability to view interactive satellite imagery of both celestial bodies. Navigation is easy—and somewhat appropriate: After clicking the Earth icon on the Google Maps page, keep zooming out until you are viewing the Earth as a peaceful-looking planet. There, the options to navigate to the moon or Mars should appear.

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There is not a Street View option available, in case you were wondering.

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The imagery also includes features like historical data and other informational tidbits. Prior to Google’s extensive offering, people curious about up-close views of the natural satellite and Red Planet had to rely on stationary NASA photographs. Or, you know, actually traveling there themselves.

H/T International Business Times | All images via Google Maps

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*First Published: Aug 8, 2014, 11:30 am CDT