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Mars–Still Crazy After All These Years

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 14, 2009

http://earth.google.com/mars/giovanni.html

Google Earth via kwout

It’s always fun to visit Google on “special” days–you know, the ones where the Google logo isn’t just its ordinary cool primary color logo. I mean those special days when the Google artists redesign the Google logo to reflect a special occasion. All you have to do to find out what the logo’s all about is click on the fancy logo, and you get a search of the topic in question. Today’s Google logo reflects the fact that today is the 174th birthday of Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli. Don’t worry if you forgot to pick up a present for Giovanni’s party–he’s not still around for his birthday bash, obviously.  But in 1890 when he was still rockin’, ol’ Giovanni created a pretty cool map of Mars. You can go to YouTube to see a video about how to view a more modern map of Mars thanks to Google Earth. You can also download Google Earth 5.0. Google Earth lets you see maps of the Earth, Mars, or the sky. Click here for a link to the YouTube video and also a download for Google Earth 5.0. And visit our library’s databases to find out more about other astronomers like Giovanni Schiaparelli.

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