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Now Google Maps allows you to locate moons and planets of the solar system

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Google is continuously innovating new things and updating its existing software like Google Maps. And according to a recent report, Google has now added dozens of additional planets and moons of our solar system that can be located on its Google Maps. So, in total, Google Maps will now have imagery of 16 celestial bodies which includes Pluto, Venus etc.

In 2014, Google first added Mars and our Earth’s Moon to its Google Maps to commemorate the Curiosity rover’s second year of exploration to the red planet. Then it added other planets and moons to its map but missed the gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn. But now you can see images of Jupiter’s moons Io, Europa and Ganymede and Saturn’s moons Mimas, Dione, Enceladus, Rhea, Titan, and Iapetus.

Also, through the Google maps, you can take a tour of the International Space Station with the help of the Google’s Street View program. The company informed that it worked with astronomical artist Bjorn Jonsson to bring the planetary Maps of various moons and planets to its services. The Google team polished the images collected and sent by missions from NASA, ESA, and other agencies and stitched them together to generate high-resolution mosaics of those bodies. In some areas, the maps provided a general overview of the surface, but where closer images were available, you could zoom right down and inspect specific mountains, valleys, and other geological features.

Space enthusiasts will have a great time exploring those landmark areas through the Google Maps. For example, you can gaze at Gale Crater, the landing site of NASA’s Curiosity rover, get astonished by the murky methane oceans of Titan and also you can spot recently-named features around Pluto’s huge heart-shaped plain.

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