3Dwalkthroughs.com came across a story on newsoxy.com about Google and NASA’s efforts to add a Mars 3D mode to Google Earth.
The new mode will serve as a science instrument on understanding the science behind the Red Planet. The images are truly amazing and provide stunning graphics which scientists can use studying the planet.
“Besides providing a rich, immersive 3D view of Mars that will aid public understanding of Mars science, the new mode, Google Mars 3D, also gives researchers a platform for sharing data similar to what Google Earth provides for Earth scientists,” NASA officials said on its Web site.
The Google Earth mode for Mars 3D lets computer users fly virtually through canyons on the planet’s surface. Some of the mountain tops are much larger than those found on Earth. The virtual mode unveils the entire surface and users can share images based on their own unique exploration.
“Under its terms, NASA and Google agreed to collaborate to make NASA’s data sets available to the world,” Google officials said in a statement.
I will be spending some time today checking out this new 3D mode. According to the article a few schools have already be utilizing Mars 3D in their science classes…pretty interesting.