While we specialize in world globes, sometimes it is good to extend one's gaze into the heavens. Mars has been of particular interest recently, after NASA recently found water on the planet. Last year, The Martian, with Matt Damon highlighted the red planet as well. With the Curiosity Rover getting more and more pics of the planet, we are learning more about it than we ever had. With many planned missions to Mars on the horizon in the next decade or so, it is the next frontier for humanity to conquer as we venture farther and farther into space. Nothing will beat the beauty of our own special world globe here on earth, but Mars is a close second!
The famous UK mapping agency Ordinace Survey created this beautiful map of Mars with their distinctive class and style. Using data from NASA, see about 3.8 million square miles of Mars surface with this colorful map. Be sure to bring this next time you venture to the red planet to find your way around.
The first close up images of Mars came from NASA's Mariner 9. Mariner 9 was the first space probe to orbit Mars. It collected about 7,000 images of our planetary neighbor, providing scientists with first detailed views of its surface. This picture was taken in 1971.
Eleanor Lutz of Tabletop Whale
Lutz made this beautiful map of Mars using NASA data, but did it in the style of an antique map from the 1500's-1700's. The colors and artistic detail of this cartographic artifact make it a special item.
This map was based on the observations of Italian astronomer Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli, believed to have been made in the late 19th century. He made most of his discoveries at two observatories he studied at around this time. While he thought to have discovered canals on the planet's surface, they turned out to be optical illusions.
NASA Gravity Map
NASA released this map showing the variations of gravity on Mars just this year. The map was based on 16 years’ worth of data gathered from from three separate Mars satellites. Scientists are hoping to use the map to help solve several mysteries about the planet.