A few years ago, Google gave people the ability to freely explore objects in space — but that experience was mostly locked up in Google Earth, the company’s 3D-mapping software.
Fortunately the name is a misnomer, since there are also moons, dwarf planets, and even the International Space Station to explore.
There’s no search box within “Planets,” so it’s difficult to, say, find the Apollo mission landing sites on Earth’s moon. The maps also restrict the degree to which you can both rotate and zoom in on a world, especially at the poles.
Regardless, it’s fun to play with — and bound to give you a new perspective on the solar system.
Here are six new outer-space destinations in Google Maps we recommend checking out.
Farther down the module, you can also check the station's spacesuits, called external mobility units.
Decades' worth of images and other data taken by satellites, including altitude information, allows you to get a feel for what it's like to travel through Martian canyons.
NASA has repeatedly photographed and flown through water jets shooting out of these 'tiger stripe' features on Enceladus' south pole.
Google Maps doesn't have elevation data for Pluto's mountainous terrain, but the images are striking and fun to explore.
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