Google in space

SPACE had been the only domain that had remained unexplored by Google, the powerful Internet search engine that is virtually everywhere and has seminally changed our lives. The Internet giant, which already offers virtual exploration of the Earth and has upset many countries by its high resolution and strategic mapping of their territory, now allows its users to explore Mars — with the help of data and pictures provided by Nasa and Arizona State University.

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Published: Thu 16 Mar 2006, 9:36 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:16 PM

The Google users can now visit the Red planet ( and explore its fascinating landscape without having to worry about its freezing temperatures and inhospitable conditions. Given the mankind's eternal fascination with Mars and its fervent hopes to find life on the red planet that is considered closest to our own in appearance, it is not hard to understand why the Google project has both scientific community and ordinary folks excited.

From the fabled Valles Marineris, the greatest canyon in the solar system, to the volcano Olympus Mons, you can get an up close view of the planet. Of course, this simulated tour of Mars cannot ever hope to come close to a real experience. But given the impossibility of such a mission —at least in near future —we can as well sit back and enjoy the surreal experience. Fasten your seatbelts!

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