By Matt Greene on March 10 2015

We're launching two new maps of Mars with the latest data from NASA & ESA: Mars Satellite and Mars Terrain. We love space, and we think it's amazing how much detail is mapped of our distant neighbor. That's why we're using Mapbox's tools to make it possible to explore Mars from anywhere.

Mars Satellite

mapbox.mars-satellite features global panchromatic imagery captured by the Mars Orbiter Camera on the Mars Global Surveyor and provided by NASA/JPL and Malin Space Science Systems. The entire surface is rendered in high resolution with highlighted landing sites and geological features.


Mars Terrain

mapbox.mars-terrain-v1 contains vectorized hillshades and contours derived from digital elevation models of Mars, as well as points of interest such as mountains, craters, and rover landing sites. With the underlying vector tiles, you can custom-tailor your own Martian map with Mapbox Studio Classic.

Mars Terrain uses elevation data from the Mars Orbital Laser Altimeter and the High Resolution Stereo Camera on the European Space Agency's Mars Express.

Our Mars maps work just like our Earth maps - they're fully compatible with Mapbox.js, Mapbox Studio Classic, Surface API, and more. Keep in mind that Mars is 53% the size of Earth, so measurements will require a simple conversion when using terrestrial tools like Turf.js.

Get started on your own Mars project by copying either Map ID: mapbox.mars-satellite or mapbox.mars-terrain-v1 and using it with one of our flexible APIs. We can't wait to see what you make with it!

To kick things off, Peter made a planet explorer by laying imagery onto a spherical surface with WebGL Earth & Cesium.js. Click a red dot to get a closer look at mountains, crevasses, and volcanoes - rendered in your browser with CSS. Both the globe and elevation models are zoomable and interactive.