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Sunday, August 31, 2003



The Future of Mars? Section

Viking Bay.
Viking Bay.
Credit: Frans Blok
Frans Blok, webmaster of the Netherlands Mars Society Site, has given us permission to use his map of a terraformed Mars. Analyzing data from the Planetary Data System of the US Geological Survey and the map created by the Mars Orbital Laser Altometer onboard Mars Global Surveyor, Frans created what he believes is the future of Mars. This section is fantastic: a click able, zoom able map of the entire surface of Mars, with descriptions and a history to complement each region. You could literally sit down for hours and explore his work, and every time you come back to look you find something different. Towns named "Microsoft" and "Orsonwelles", a coastline called "New New England." And there's even an About the Map page so you can learn how (and why) he did it.

- posted by Alex @ 9:47 EST