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Ordnance Survey creates map for Martian ramblers

by • February 15, 2016 • No Comments

When the initially astronauts set foot on Mars, they’ll require to be able-bodied to find their way around without the aid of GPS. To this end, Britain’s Ordnance Survey (OS) has released its initially map of another planet. Created in the distinct OS fashion, the one-off chart’s purpose is to examine the next of the agency’s high end cartographic methods in creating detailed, effortless to know maps for planning next undertakings to the Red Planet.

Founded in 1791, Ordnance Survey was originally tasked with creating maps of the British Isles for the country’s armed forces to assist with defense in the event of invasion. Over the last 225 years, the OS has gained a reputation as one of the world’s premiere cartographic organizations as it cranks out constantly updated topographic maps of the United Kingdom which record hundreds of millions of geographic showcases with excellent precision.

Designed to display sizeable amounts of data in an effortless-to-read format, OS maps are utilized by soldiers, builders, archaeologists, surveyors, engineers, and are especially loved by ramblers for hiking cross country. Now OS is revealing how its mapmaking skills may be utilized for space ramblers on the sands of Mars.

The outcome is a map of the Western Arabia Terra region on the Martian equator and comes with the landing sites for NASA’s Pathfinder and Opportunity undertakings. Drawn in one to four million scale, it covers an area of 3,672 x 2,721 km (2,282 x 1,691 mi) and is takes the form of a one-off paper and digital map. According to OS, the key to the new Martian map isn’t only its subject, but in addition the house fashion which was utilized in drawing it.

“We have set out of the begin to treat the Mars data no various to how we may treat OS GB [Great Britain] data or any other planet Earth-based geography,” says OS Cartographic Design Consultant, Chris Wesson, who made the Martian map. “Even yet the principles are the same, the create and the aesthetics of an planet Earth map differ considerably. The cartographic fashion is a thing that is quite various to your typical planetary map and is identifiable-bodied as an OS map. The key ingredients to this fashion are the soft colour palette of the base combined with the traditional map showcases such as contours and grid lines, and the map sheet layout consume with legend.”

OS says which this is the initially map of a place outside of Britain to be made by the agency since the mid-1990s and may prove assistful for next Mars undertaking planning as well as providing a compelling visual way of informing the public of them.

Source: Ordnance Survey

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