The company stated that it worked with astronomical artist Bjorn Jonsson, who assembled the maps of planets and moons to its service, by working with imagery from USA space agency NASA and the European Space Agency. Now Google Maps allow users virtually experience dozens of planets and moons in our solar system.
This is stated in the company blog. But now you can see images of Jupiter's moons Io, Europa and Ganymede and Saturn's moons Mimas, Dione, Enceladus, Rhea, Titan, and Iapetus.
Ever wondered how far you can zoom out of Google Maps? You can also explore International Space Station.
Marquardt said, "Explore the icy plains of Enceladus, where Cassini discovered water beneath the moon's crust- suggesting signs of life". The company has added imagery of Pluto, Venus and several moons to its lineup and also made it easier to find them in Maps.
Google Maps is both incredible and a little terrifying at times. Missions like ESA's Venus Express had helped in the study of Venus while NASA's missions like new Horizon, Dawn and Voyager spacecrafts helped in the study of Pluto and Ceres. After zooming in, it takes time in showing the clear surface. Methane rivers were observed by the craft on the surface of Titan, another moon of Saturn. In total, Google Maps now features imagery of sixteen celestial bodies. In your browser, you can head over to Google Maps and zoom out from Earth until you're in space!
Google's new announcement for Maps will surely excite you.