US Geological Survey Creates Global Map of Red Planet Using Nasa Spacecraft

July 16, 2014 1:39 PM

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US Geological Survey Creates Global Map of Red Planet Using Nasa Spacecraft

The United States Geological Survey has released the most detailed map of the surface of Mars to date, which astronomers believe will enhance knowledge about the Red Planet for future missions.

The map was created using observations from four orbiting spacecraft over a period of 16 years. Three Nasa spacecraft were used - the Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey and the Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter - as well as the European Space Agency's Mars Express Probe.

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