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Devon Island, Nunavut "Mars on Earth" is displayed on Google Street View


Vancouver – one of the most Mars-like conditions on Earth, Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic, is currently on the map and can be studied on Google Street View.

It is the largest uninhabited island on Earth rocky polar desert, which has a surface and a condition similar to the red planet, said Pascal Lee, chairman of the Mars Institute and director of the Haughton-Mars project, field research project on Devon Island, which is the cumulative NASA.

"There are not many places like this," said Lee of the island about the size of Nova Scotia in the Baffin, Noonan.

"This is the largest area of ​​land, which is a & # 39 is a barren, rocky, cold and dry … So right there most of the property, which has a similar climate on Mars."

Since 1997, the remote land masses was the site field deployments, scientists and astronauts who want to learn more about the Moon and Mars.

In the summer of last year, Lee and a team of researchers laid out to create a panorama of some of the places most visited by scientists. They used a GoPro camera to get a 360 degrees "Panorama" and smartphones to capture video footage.

The results, published on Monday in the Google Street View, puts the team "on the map" and shares his experiences with the rest of the world, Li said.

"The incredible thing is that almost every step you take, once you are away from our camp, you're probably the first person ever to go there," he said.

"There is something strange in the fact that up to now, to be able to do it – see the views and landscapes that from your point of view particular has not been seen before. Nobody ".

But, despite its remoteness, the place of seeing the effects of climate change, he said.

In the quarter-century that Lee visited the area, he saw the places that were previously covered by ice, but now barren.

"Now we see the landscape is exposed from beneath the ice thousands of years," he said. "So it's a land that has not seen the light of day in 12,000 years."

The island is also used as a training ground for astronauts, including Canadian Jeremy Hansen, who was accompanied by a research group studying craters in the area in July 2013.

Part of his mission was "to study the methods and techniques for geological field studies, which can be applied to future missions," according to the website of the Canadian Space Agency.

"Every time you go to the moon or an asteroid or eventually Mars geology is going to be an important part of the science that we do on the surface," said Hansen in a video posted on the agency's website.

"And in order to understand the history of our planet and the solar system, but also to understand the resources that we could use on the surface of these planets."

Katja Minitsenka, program manager with Google, said in the video that her team picked up seven flights to get to Devon Island.

She hopes that the new views of "the street" to inspire people to explore other planets, she said.

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