Mapping the Mars Rover
In celebration of the Mars Rover Curiosity’s first full year on Mars, Wired.com created an interactive map visualization of the rover’s exploration of the Red Planet so far. Each node on the path represents a location reached by the rover; scrolling through photos from the different locations reveals the changing landscape, and, in particular, the changing soil types the rover is analyzing for evidence of life-giving chemicals.
An accompanying article details some of the challenges associated with tracking the rover, most notably including the fact that vehicles beyond Earth can’t be tracked with GPS.
The map was created in partnership with web mapping software company MapBox.