NASA recently launched an interactive map called “Mars Trek” that allows you to explore the Red Planet in a much deeper way than what Google offers with competing software. You can actually learn a thing or two using NASA’s new tools, and it’s a lot of fun.
You can keep it simple and zoom in and out with your mouse wheel, or pan from crater to crater, but NASA’s free site also has really advanced tools. You can, for example, analyze sun angles, create distance and elevation calculations, generate files for printing on a 3D printer and add all sorts of layers from various research products conducted on the planet. There are even bookmarks,that show you landing sites for Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, Phoenix and Sojourner.
I had a great time just reading about the various bookmarks and landing sites on Mars. Check it out — maybe you’ll discover something.