Tagged Cooltech: Global CTX Mosaic of Mars

What’s cool? Global CTX Mosaic of Mars

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The Bruce Murray Laboratory for Planetary Visualization has completed a 5.7 terapixel mosaic of the surface of Mars rendered at 5.0 m/px. Each pixel in the mosaic is about the size of a typical parking space, providing unprecedented resolution of the martian surface at the global scale.

The mosaic covers 99.5% of Mars from 88°S to 88°N. The pixels that make up the mosaic can all be mapped back to their source data, providing full traceability for the entire mosaic. The mosaic is available to stream over the internet and to download, as described below.

All data in the mosaic come from the Context Camera (CTX) onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

(This is cool, but I also have to test my cooltech tagging syustem!)

Where is it?: https://murray-lab.caltech.edu/CTX/

This is one among many items I regularly tag in Pinboard as cooltech, and automatically autoshares as #cogdogcooltech to Twitter and Mastodon. Now the Coolness is in OEG Connect :wink:
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How can you resist a 3D exploration of Mars? I took a fly around of Olympus Mons the huge shield volcano that is only more than twice as tall as Mt Everest:

Screen shot of Olympus Mons from Context Camera, credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS/The Murray Lab

The Murray Lab states:

All data used in the construction of the CTX global mosaic have been publicly released and are freely available via the NASA Planetary Data System. The CTX camera was built by Malin Space Science Systems, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA. The Murray Lab/Caltech grants free use of the V01 version of the mosaic for all purposes. Data credit should be to: NASA/JPL/MSSS/The Murray Lab.

Alan’s extra trivia: When I was a graduate student in the ASU Geology Department, the Malin of Malin Space Science Systems was professor Mike Malin