NASA Mars Imagery for Google Earth

Mars Imagery Overlays in Google EarthYesterday I mentioned a new network link to a WMS (Web Mapping Service) for showing the Blue Marble Next Generation imagery from NASA which was posted by ‘OnEarthWMS’. The same guy has also posted several network links for different imagery datasets for the entire surface of Mars. These are overlayed over the Earth (I recommend turning off the “View->Atmosphere” when you load them). Some of the layers have strips of very high resolution data from Mars Global Surveyor. Check these out (make sure you zoom in to see more detail):

Note: you should turn off these layers before loading the next one.
Here’s the OnMars web site at NASA which hosts these GE KML files. This is great stuff to look at! Thanks OnEarthWMS and NASA.

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.


  1. Is it not possible to send some tough, hardy, resilient bacteria / organisms to Mars and monitor them for a couple of months to see if it is possible to sustain life on Mars?

  2. Hello,
    I was wondering how hard it is to add a different map of Mars to a kml file, for the maps here:

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