It was earlier this year when Google unveiled their street view of the International Space Station. As the orbit of Tiangong, an older space station, degrades and eventually plummets the object towards the surface of the earth within the next few months, perhaps it was time that Google moved on. And that they did, with this latest update to their geographic expertise in the release of a space themed maps extension. Now visitors can stroll past the solar system in new and fantastic ways thanks to this augmented reality style guide.
Thanks to the hard work of the Cassini probe, the maps include several of the icy moons and the gas giants. Alongside the classic inner planets, our very own moon, Pluto, and the ISS, the feature allows us to access these sites in new and informative detail. Cassini, the space-craft responsible for many of the outer solar system images Google are using, has recently ended its mission and is programmed to fly into Saturn to harmlessly burn up in the upper atmosphere. This kamikaze ending is intended to clean up any unwanted Earth biology that could contaminate alien worlds.
Take a look at the new feature, and explore the furthest reaches of our solar system.
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