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READY TO GO TO SPACE? WELL, NOW YOU CAN WITH GOOGLE MAPS!



About 20 years ago, the spacecraft, Cassini, launched from Cape Canaveral on a journey to uncover the distant planets in our galaxy. During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail. 

These reconstructed images were uploaded to Google Maps and, just like Street View on Earth, you get to explore each location. You can zoom in on particular points of interest, such as the icy plains of Enceladus, to get a better look at where Cassini discovered water beneath the moon's crust – suggesting signs of life. 

You also get to peer beneath the thick clouds of Titan to see methane lakes and inspect the massive crater of Mimas; while it might look like a sci-fi look-a-like, it is a moon, not a space station. 

Google added a total of 12 "new worlds" to explore in Maps, including the planets Pluto, Venus and Mars. 

Grab your spacesuit and head over to the Google Maps where you can explore space from the comfort of your own home!


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