User Develops Mars Add-on for Google Earth

Mars in Google EarthSince there is a lot of interest in Mars at the moment, we should turn to the many innovative users of Google Earth for help. So, let’s look at Mars in Google Earth right now!
Last summer, someone called ‘rottenapple’ at the Google Earth Community (GEC) announced a Mars overlay with placemarks for Google Earth. You can load his Mars map with labels (v1.1) (4.5 Mbytes) and look at Mars now. Included is a high-resolution satellite photo of the entire surface of mars. In addition, are many placemarks showing the significant landmarks on Mars. Note: you should turn off “View->Atmosphere” to get the best effect.
When Google re-releases their Mars database for Google Earth (see this) it will have even more data. Instead, you will have a 3D terrain model of Mars (just like we have now for the Earth). And, there will be layers for the various types of information available about Mars. Also, I presume users will add their own placemarks to make viewing it even more informative. With Mars coming soon, it can’t be long before Google releases the Moon in 3D for GE.
Also, check out the new Google Maps version of Mars.
Here are other planets available in Google Earth (updated 2007):

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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  1. Ricardo Stuven says

    Google Galaxy, coming soon…

  2. Grandi!!!

  3. And some still doubt Google is tryin’ to take over the world… hey… that was in the past. Google now is heading to take over the solar system – by now.

  4. Great tool for the classroom!

  5. hey…keep up the good work and updte the google erth/glxy i love it !!! thnk you very much ..
    my whole clssm8ts love ur work..

  6. I think that this will help me with my science project on mars.

  7. i dont now how to view 3d houses, buildings,… and i hope that someone tell me how to, please
    my email is

  8. you have to look at the bottom left corner, scroll down and find 3-D building and click on the box.
    P.S. not all buildings are 3D, try going to the eifel tower after checking the box…..

  9. Dear,
    I need some info for my project,and I ask you if you could sent me some facts about mars? If you can my email is above and I would be sooooo happy. Than you so much, Nikki

  10. I hope this will be a good thing `cause a have a project on Mars due on March 20th. Thou this google Mars thing totally ROCKS!!!

  11. Great work guys! But currently there are MANY very high resolution images of mars (upto about 100mb), so why cant “Google Mars” be more high resolution? possible by just overlaying images?
    Check out NASA photojournal, you can get a heck of a large amount of Mars Images there! :-p
    I very much hope that Google will develop a new version of Google Earth which can shift from body-to-body (ie: Earth. Mars, Moon), just like the current version, which can shift from Earth to Sky…
    Anyway, so far so great!!! 🙂

  12. wtf! i added mars saturn jupiter &the jupiter moving winds skins to google earth yesterday now i can’t even run google earth wtf!

  13. googlelover:) says

    This is so cool.It can be used for class and do you take off the mars picture model from google earth.

  14. googlelover:) says

    I know how do you feel,I can get into the google earth but I cant get off the jupiter picture of my Earth model
    I realy need some help,If someone knows plsplsplsplsplsplsplsplsplspls tell me.::::::))))))))

  15. @googlelover, bj: Whenever loading image overlays and other KML content, you should manage the content and turn off the ones you aren’t using before loading others. Look the “Places” pane for each new one added (which should show up under the “Temporary Places” folder). Turn each one off by clicking the check boxes. If you end up saving them to your “My Places” folder, you should turn them off there. If you aren’t using them regularly, I would recommend deleting them from your “My Places” folder and just bookmarking the place you got them, or saving them to your local disk.

  16. googlelover:) says

    Hey people whats up?How are you doing?
    I am so happy that I learned how to use layers on a real way!
    Thank you Frank

  17. TOR ROMEO says

    Can i download Google Venus or Google Mercury ?

  18. lol what do you reckon it should be called
    Google Galaxy or
    Google-verse (as in universe)
    any other ideas? lolz

  19. Geoffry Spangler says

    I think having a closer look at mars, The Moon, and all the other planets would be a great edition to Google Earth.

  20. It would be nice if they had an official release of Google Earth for all the high-data planets and moons of the solar system including 3D terrain and the sun option

  21. Bad georeferenced! It’s a good job but not perfect!

  22. 🙂

  23. this is to long

  24. this is to long

  25. google Jupiter

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