‘Mars on Earth’ for Google

Breccia Hills. (Credit: Google)

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it is to live on Mars, Google will take you there for free.

Google Street View has added images of Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on the planet at the images. Known as an “unlivable” island, the desolate area in the Canadian Arctic has the nickname of “Mars on Earth,” such as the climate and the landscape are the closest environment to the Red Planet on the Earth.


Google has also created a website for Devon Island, noting that the “polar-desert climate and barren, rocky terrain,” are perfect for the researchers that come here every summer in an attempt to prepare for the future explorations to the Red Planet.

The tech giant collaborated with researchers that are part of the Haughton Mars Project (HMP). The project looks at different technologies, strategies and methods for future missions to Mars and the Moon, and other planetary bodies, according to its website. Of particular interest is the 23-million-year-old Haughton crater, which “resembles the Mars surface in more ways than any other place on Earth,” HITMAN pro the website added.

Once occupied by a huge lake, Haughton crater has a 20-kilometer-wide impact structure. The asteroid that caused the crater was so powerful that the researchers estimate it took about 10 seconds to be excavated to its original depth of 1.6 km more likely to be “[clear] out all life on the surface of the Earth over hundreds of kilometres around.”

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“The Haughton impact transferred so much heat into the ground that hydrothermal systems such as hot springs, caused by the impact remained active for decades,” Google Earth, said on its website.

In addition to the images added to Google Street View, the company has a video uploaded to YouTube, and gives the visitors a better idea of what the topography and the terrain are fun.


NASA’s long-term goal is to have a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s. However, the former astronaut Buzz Aldrin thinks that in 2040 is a more realistic time frame. In an interview in 2016, Aldrin told Fox News that in 2040, the astronauts might have visited Mars’ moon Phobos, which could serve as a kind of stepping stone to the Red Planet.

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this story.

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