NASA has released the CTX Global Mosaic of Mars, a detailed and detailed three-dimensional map that allows you to explore Mars esattly in Google Earth. And I can use it suddenly.

Credit: NASA/JPL–Caltech/MSSS

Credit: NASA/JPL–Caltech/MSSS

The POT has made a magnificent three dimensional map my interactive Sea Tuesday that works in non-dissimilar mode Google Earth. If it is about the most complete and accessible messa available to the public as well, keeping in mind that China, thanks to the photocamere installed on the Tianwen-1 probe, June 2022 is the first year of the year to get the images of all the Pianeta Rosso. The NASA work is made by engineers from the Bruce Murray Laboratory for Planetary Visualization, a specialized laboratory of the California Institute of Technology of Pasadena (CALTECH), which collaborates in close contact with the state aerospace agency. The map can be consulted by clicking on the following link.

The map turns on the name I gave Global CTX mosaic of Mars ed è legata all riprese della camera CTX (in grayscale from 500 to 800 nanometers) installed on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), lanciata probe in 2005 attorno al Pianeta Rosso with molteplici obiettivi: dalla raccolta di immagini ad altissima risoluzione (with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment photocamera o HiRISE) alla comunicazione con la Terra, passing through the analysis of the site of grounding of future missions fine to indagini spetttrometriche, atmospheric, gravitational and other anchor.

The context camera (CTX) in “white and black” (technically scale of gray) has a fine resolution at around 6 meters and its main function is that of raccogliere mosaics of the Martian surface, forming a response agli scatti to the highest quality of HiRISE. Da qui il suo nome. The main components are a Maksutov Cassegrain telescope with a 350mm focal length and a CCD sensor with more than 5,000 pixels. Grazie alle sue immagini gli scienziati from the CALTECH laboratory hanno messo insieme a mosaic da ben 5.7 trillion pixels Complessivi, che è state “spalmato” its a globe in 3D graphics that simulates the Pianeta Rosso.

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Ci sono voluti 6 anni per sviluppare la Global CTX Mosaic of Mars, uniting circa 110 thousand images of the fourth Planet of the Solar System. The biggest part of this is the square next to it from an artificial intelligence, but more than 13 thousand are manually inserted by American engineers. The resolution of the map is about 25 square meters per pixel; ciò ran it extremely detailed. Come spiegato da, stamping it verbbe più grande di un campo da calcio regulamentare (105 x 68/65 meters). “I return something similar to a very long time. It is a beautiful artistic product that is also useful for science”, said Dr. Laura Gerber of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “I return anything that is accessible to everyone”, has echoed the doctor Jay Dickson, at the head of the project. “Gli studenti possono usarla adesso. My mother, who has just compiled 78 years, can use it suddenly. The objective is to lower the barrier for the person interested in exploring Mars”, has added the scienziato.

As indicated, the Global CTX Mosaic of Mars works like Google Earth, allowing you to explore the globe by rotating it with click and touch screen. E come la famous applicazione di Google presents a series of “famous” posts in evidence from the power to explore. Fra essi vi sono i luoghi di “ammartaggio” dei thief come il cratere Jezero (Perseverance), il cratere Gale (Curiosity), il Gusev (Spirit) and Meridiani (Opportunity), così come formazioni alla stregua dell’Olympus Mons, della Medusae Fossae e della Valles Marineris. The details are exceptional and the structure comes from the three-dimensional graphics. In the dashboard on the left, instruments are available for measuring, ripping the orientation and other basic functions. È persino possibile I will show the route computo dai rover marziani. It is an instrument that is easy to use, fascinating and with great informative impact, both that a child and a scienziato can use it. Non a caso sono già oltre 120 gli articoli Scientifici che ne citano la versión beta.