“NASA tech talk” at Google Making maps to explore the Earth, Moon, and Mars

Dr. Ross Beyer gave the second talk in the revived "NASA tech talk" series at Google. This talk focused on the advanced digital cartography work at Ames we use to create high-quality terrestrial and planetary maps. High-quality planetary maps and 3D terrain models have become essential for NASA to plan exploration missions and conduct planetary science. This is particularly true for robotic missions to the Moon and Mars, where maps are used for site selection, traverse planning, and planetary science. This is also extremely important for studies of climate change on Earth, where digital maps can be used to assess environmental change (such as polar ice movement and ice pack loss). The talk was recorded and has been made available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wZalVOqVRI