L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles in magazines and online.
How to Access Google Mars
If you already have Google Earth on your computer then you can access it there.
- Open up Google Earth and then look for the Mars icon.
- Click this and you are then in Google Mars. Explore and enjoy
- To use Google Sky or Google Moon go to those icons on the right
- Or you can go directly to Google Mars by clicking this link Google Mars Download
- I have also provided this link at the end of the article.
What is Google Mars?
The planet Mars is available to you on your computer to explore and visit. The Rover machines are there driving around the planet and you can see everything it sends back to NASA. This is really awesome stuff and it is all free.
How to Get Google Street View on Mars
If you have used Google Street View then this is exactly the same only instead of viewing and walking around Earth you are viewing and walking around Mars. How’s that for space exploration in your own home! You can view the mountains, canyons, volcanoes, rocks, boulders and other terrain in 3D on the planet. You can see Mars in the daytime and at night.
Take a walk on the planet surface or follow the tracks of the 3D Rover Models, Spirit and Opportunity. You can experience amazing high resolution 360 degree panoramic views of the planet. The online visitor to Mars can take a virtual walk on the surface of the planet.
If this is your first visit to Mars then you can be shown the main attractions and sights by going on an interactive tour. You will be accompanied by either Ira Flatow or Bill Nye who will guide you along so that you get the most on your first visit. Once you have found your space feet you can take a wander around on your own.
What is ‘Live from Mars’
Because of the excellent collaboration of Google and NASA Google Mars users have the opportunity to view and study all new images from the NASA satellites. These are available for us to view only a few hours after NASA gets them. To use this facility click the ‘Live from Mars’ icon.
YouTube Video Tutorials
To see examples of what you can do and see when you use Google Mars I have provided You Tube Video at the end of this article. Click on the videos and be amazed!
How is this Possible?
Well Google has received information and data from the Mars Space Flight Department of Arizona State University. Here scientists from NASA had all the information from their orbits of the planet Mars, the Mars Global Surveyor and 2001 Mars Odyssey. There have also been spacecraft Rovers that landed on Mars.
These are the two Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. These two machines are still driving around the surface of the planet Mars even now and collecting data images.
Data has also been collected from other sources around the world including the European Space Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, Viking probes, Mars Global Surveyor, and the Hubble Space Telescope.
Because of the cooperation between Google and NASA anyone on the internet can now visit the planet Mars from their own home. The viewer can also see the planet from above in space.Or if you want to take a virtual 3D walk on the planet surface then this is also possible.
What is Google Earth Download
A download that is available free to anyone who has access to the internet. There is also Google Ocean where you can visit the oceans of Earth. In this article I will concentrate on Google Mars. For a detailed review of the other apps within Google Earth I have included links at the bottom right of this article.
Copyright of Images
There are many excellent images of the planet Mars. Some of the best high resolution photos were taken with the HIRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Spacecraft.
All these you can look at and upload to your own blog or website. Google owns the copyright but allows these to be added to blogs and websites as long as proper credit is given to Google.
Take a Trip Online with Google Mars
It is a fantastic way to visit the planet Mars from your Laptop online. Walk on the surface of the planet and take an interactive tour. See the canyons, volcanoes and other terrain in 3D. Google Street View is now available on Mars so why not use it to take a virtual walk on the planet today!
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 29, 2012:
SantaCruz another hubber Bard of Ely has published his theories about the colonization of Mars in an excellent hub here. The people who are confirming this are very prominent people in the US. Well worth a read!
SantaCruz from Santa Cruz, CA on June 25, 2012:
Viking, have you published your theory of Mars colonization? That would be a fun read :-).
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 25, 2012:
So true. And personally I believe that Mars has already been colonized by humans secretly years ago! Time will tell.
SantaCruz from Santa Cruz, CA on June 22, 2012:
Ah, just a drop in the bucket with all your Tweets! It's exciting to imagine what Google Mars will look like in a few decades. Thx again!
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on June 22, 2012:
Yes I love spending time exploring Mars and the Moon online. It is fascinating. Thanks SantaCruz for the link
SantaCruz from Santa Cruz, CA on June 14, 2012:
Awesome! Congrats on all your Tweets.
I'll link my Mars One colonization hubs to this... after I spend some time exploring the planet :-).
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 30, 2012:
Yes Google Mars really is amazing. Walking on the planet Mars like we can here on earth with Google Street View is just unbelievable!
dien__ on April 17, 2012:
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 19, 2012:
Thank you everyone for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. Who would have thought even a few short years ago that we could view Mars like this. This stuff really is easy and really amazing!
Christine from Dublin on October 25, 2011:
Garlic Angel :-)
hypnosis4u2 from Massachusetts on October 23, 2011:
I never knew it even existed. Thanks to hubbers like you we keep finding informative stuff in hub pages. Great job.
davidparklg on September 19, 2011:
Very interesting hub. Now I love gEarth even more. (This must fun and free to travel to Mars, LOL). Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub.
Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes from Fort Pierce, Florida on July 23, 2011:
Thanks to informative, cutting-edge, hubs like yours, I am able to get a glimpse into fascinating windows opening new worlds.
vinsanity on July 16, 2011:
I love using this feature. I thought it was a great idea to start adding in things about space on Google Earth.
Jaypyramid on July 09, 2011:
Awesome, isn't it amazing what you can do with google Earth. Thanks Viking, your Hubs are always so useful
Gloria Siess from Wrightwood, California on July 08, 2011:
TajSingh from United Kingdom on July 07, 2011:
Wow this is cool! It's amazing what you can do with Google Earth. Thanks.
Patrick Kamau from Nairobi, Kenya on July 07, 2011:
Thanks a lot viking305 for your good hub. You have made me take a tour of Mars. I hope I will not have nightmares later about green people. That spooky photo is scaring. Ha ha haaa!