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Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Many Planets and Moons of Our Solar System

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Many Planets and Moons of Our Solar System
Highlights
  • Google Maps now lets you take a glance at moon and other planets
  • Google has also added to its lineup imagery of Pluto, Venus & their moons
  • One can also visit International Space Station virtually via Google Maps

Stargazers are in for a treat as Google has announced that one can now virtually visit many planets and moons in our solar system using Google Maps.

Google Maps now enables a visit to Saturn's natural satellites such as Enceladus, Dione or Iapetus, Rhea and Mimas as well as Jupiter's Europa and Ganymede.

"Explore the icy plains of Enceladus, where Cassini discovered water beneath the moon's crust-suggesting signs of  life. Peer beneath the thick clouds of Titan to see methane lakes,"  Stafford Marquardt, Product Manager at Google, said in a blog post on Monday.

Google has also added to its lineup imagery of Pluto, Venus and several moons as well as made it easier to find them in Maps. 

"We've added Pluto, Venus, and several other moons for a total of 12 new worlds for you to explore," Marquardt added. 

To access the new imagery, one can just zoom out from terrestrial Google Maps view until you hit outer space. One can also visit the International Space Station, which also joined Google's Street View program.

The  company stated that it worked with astronomical artist Bjorn Jonsson,  who assembled the maps of planets and moons to its service, by working  with imagery from US space agency NASA and the European Space Agency.

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