New Digital Map Of Mars Surface Is Created

Posted: Feb 17 2016, 2:21am CST | by , Updated: Feb 17 2016, 2:25am CST, in News | Latest Science News

New Digital Map of Mar’s Surface is Created
Credit: Ordnance Survey

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British mapping agency has released the new easy-to-read map of Martian landscape

If you are planning a trip to Mars in future, you will certainly need something that can help you find your way around.

Now, the British mapping agency Ordnance Survey has created a new map of Mars, which is easy to read and shows Red Planet’s landscape and features in a great detail.

The company has used NASA data and observations for developing the map and it covers 3.8 million square miles, about 7 percent of Mars’ surface.

“The private sector and space agencies are currently in competition to land the first person on Mars. Becoming more familiar with space is something that interests us all and the opportunity to apply our innovative cartography and mapping tradecraft to a different planet was something we couldn’t resists,” said David Henderson, director of Ordnance Survey (OS).

He added. “We were asked to map an area of Mars in an OS style because our maps are easy to understand and present a compelling visualization, and because of this we can envisage their usefulness in planning missions and for presenting information about missions to the public.”

The new map shows a large upland region in the north of Mars known as Arabia Terra at the scale of 1 to 4 million. The key thing with the map is remarkably detailed contours that also highlight the terrain height and the soft colored base containing all the necessary information.

“We have set out from the start to treat the Mars data no different to how we would treat OS GB data or any other Earth-based geography,” said Chris Wesson designer of the map. “Even though the principles are the same, the design and the aesthetics of an Earth map differ considerably.”

NASA is aiming to send humans to Mars in 2030s and this digital map can lend a helping hand to achieve this task.

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