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Mars: Exploring the Red Planet - Atlas of the World, 11th Edition

National Geographic

Well into the 20th century, astronomers envisioned a Mars that bore many parallels to Earth. The illusion was shattered by Mariner 4's flyby of the barren planet in 1965. Subsequent exploration has proved it to be a very different place: colder, incomparably drier, and with a thin atmosphere composed mostly of carbon dioxide. Martian topography reveals extremes that far outstrip similar features on Earth; the tallest mountain in the solar system - the mighty volcano Olympus Mons - is more than two and a half times the height of Earth's tallest volcanic peak, Mauna Loa.

Explore Earth's most researched neighbor with this compelling and attractive map of Mars! This dual hemisphere map, though depicting a world alien to our own, elicits a sense of familiarity with the way it is presented. Drawn in Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area projection, this map offers a uniquely detailed look into the planet's physical features. A drawn fresco of Mars' rugged, inhabitable landscape provides context, as does a separate elevation map.

This map is an attractive product for the budding astronomer. It makes an essential companion to Milky Way: Earth's Galactic Home, and its size makes it perfect for a gallery wall.

This map is found in National Geographic's 11th Edition World Atlas and is now available as a stand alone product.

Page Size: 31.5 x 24 in (798 x 610 mm)

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