Microsoft And NASA offer 3D Maps Of Mars

Microsoft has teamed up with NASA to provide 3D images and mapping data of Mars, technology news website Cnet reported on Monday.

The 3D mapping data of the red planet will be made available to the public through the WorldWide Telescope web clients.

NASA’s Michael Braxton said: "The collaborative relationship between NASA and Microsoft Research was instrumental for creating the software that brings these new Mars images into people's hands, classrooms and living rooms."

The 3-D mapping data consists of 74,000 pictures of the planet taken by the Mars Global Surveyor's Orbiter Camera as well as more than high resolution 13,000 images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's gigapixel High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera.

NASA and Microsoft had last year signed the Space Act Agreement to develop technology and infrastructure to aid public access to NASA’s data.