NASA Releases Most Detailed Mars Map

PASADENA, Calif., July 23 (UPI) — The most accurate Mars map ever available has been developed, using images from a camera on the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, NASA says.

Researchers and the public can access the map, constructed from almost 21,000 images from the Odyssey camera, on a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Web site to survey and explore the planet, a space agency release said Friday.

Researchers at Arizona State University’s Mars Space Flight Facility and at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have been compiling the map since the observations began eight years ago.

The thousands of images have been smoothed, matched and blended to make a giant mosaic, allowing users to pan around and zoom into images.

While portions of Mars have been mapped at higher resolution, NASA said, this map provides the most accurate view so far of the entire planet.

“The Mars Odyssey … team has assembled a spectacular product that will be the base map for Mars researchers for many years to come,” Jeffrey Plaut, Odyssey project scientist at JPL, said.

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