Since the explosion of online maps and related technologies onto the Internet, it has been relatively easy to find maps of any part of the Earth. Finding detailed maps of the various planets and moons that share the universe with us can be a bit more tricky. Stepping in to fill that gap in online material is the Map-A-Planet site, created and maintained by the United States Geological Survey's Astrogeology Research Program. Visitors to the site will be able create (and download) customizable maps of planets such as Mars and Venus, along with prominent moons such as Callisto (the second largest moon of Jupiter) and Ganymede, which is Jupiter's largest moon. Visitors can also create various levels of maps, ranging from those that are quite basic all the way to those that incorporate more detailed datasets. While the site is certain to be of general interest to most individuals, it may be of particular value to science educators who wish to offer students a rather rich-textured view of these marvelous bodies.


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