Access Mars

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Unless you have superhuman powers, the only way to “visit” Mars is by looking at online images captured by the Curiosity rover.  Google and NASA have created Access Mars, which allows you to explore the Red Planet’s surface with using a 3D model right from your web browser.

With just your mouse, you can move around the Martian landscape and check out some points of interest, which are highlighted by white icons. These can provide information about Curiosity’s mission, the rover itself, and some of its major findings. For instance, visiting the Pahrump Hills area reveals that one of JPL’s main objectives with Curiosity was to reach a specific rock formation called Mount Sharp.

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