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Published on Aug 5, 2014
While you pretty much have to be a rocket scientist to make a trip to outer space, you don’t have to be an astronaut to explore Mars or the Moon—now you can take a virtual tour from your desktop on Google Maps.
To start your interplanetary adventure, look for Earth mode at the bottom left of your map (on supported browsers). Click on “Earth,” zoom all the way out until you see the entire globe, and you’ll see these two celestial bodies pop up at the bottom of your screen.
Spin Mars and watch the atmosphere change around the red planet; tilt the Moon and imagine yourself gliding along its peaks and craters; and to brush up on your astronomy, click on one of the thousands of labeled topographic features.
Start exploring at google.com/maps/space/mars & google.com/maps/space/moon!