Google Maps goes interplanetary, adds Pluto, Venus, and a bunch of moons

Isaac Cain
October 19, 2017

So if you ever wanted to visit Enceladus, Dione or Iapetus, Saturn's third-largest natural satellite, in Google Maps, your time has come. Still, it's a really fantastic new feature that will surely kill many, many otherwise productive hours. For Earth, zooming in offers 3D Google Maps showing borders, cities, countries and terrain.

You can explore the icy plains of Enceladus where the spacecraft Cassini discovered water beneath its surface.

Users of the map service Google Maps can now virtually visit the planets of the Solar system. They include Mercury, Venus, Ceres (dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter), Europa (Jupiter's moon), Titan, Rhea (Saturn's moons), etc.

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Hence, a total of 12 new worlds have been added for space freaks to explore and quite possibly some of them are already on their way and gearing up to catch a glance of some of the corner of our mysterious galaxy. Johnsson worked with both NASA and the European Space Agency to insure both detail and accuracy. User can see a planet fully illuminated or their dark side with the sun in the background. So it will be not easy to find some particular things like the Apollo mission landing sites on the moon.

To access the new imagery, one can just zoom out from terrestrial Google Maps view until you hit outer space. In the end, Google will give some options like to zip over Titan, Europa, and many other space bodies.

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