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Mapping Mars with open data

Explore the Red Planet's surface with a new set of beautiful maps

August 28, 2012

Using open data from NASA, USGS , the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and others, MapBox‘s data analyst Chris Herwig created a beautiful set of maps to explore Mars. A full explanation about the project is available here, and according to Chris, it will be updated with new maps.

Mars open data mapping - Terrain view
(image: Chris Herwig | Github)

For now, you can explore it using the ‘Terrain’ view (above) and  the ‘Red Planet’ view, in which is also possible to look at the Mission Landings.

Inspired by the Mars Curiosity rover, I set out to map Mars using all open source tools (like QGIS and TileMill) and open data. The results of these tools and awesome data are stunning.

Mars open data mapping - Landing Sites
(image: Chris Herwig | Github)

Links: MapBox – Mapping Mars with Open Planetary Data | Github – Mapping Mars

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.