Devon Island is one of the environments that look like Mars the most, and it is located in the High Canadian Arctic. It earned the name of “Mars on Earth.” Now, you can explore it in Google Street View if you want, as it has been mapped out by the Internet giant company.
Devon Island is the largest island on Earth that is uninhabited and it is a rocky polar desert that has conditions and a surface not too different than those of the Red Planet, according to the chairman of the Mars Institute and director of the Haughton-Mars Project, Pascal Lee, the leader of a field research project on Devon Island that NASA has funded.
“There are not many places like this,” Lee said about the island that is roughly the size of Nova Scotia in Baffin Bay, Nunavut. “It’s the biggest stretch of terrain that is barren, rocky and cold and dry. So right there it’s a big piece of real estate that has a similar climate to Mars.”
Google Street View mapped Devon Island, also known as “Mars on Earth”
Since 1997, the remote land mass has been the site of field deployments by astronauts and scientists that were looking to learn more about Mars and the moon. Lee and a team of researchers set out last summer to generate some of the sites’ panorama that the scientists frequented the most. They have used GoPro cameras to obtain 360-degree “photo spheres,” and for video footage they used smartphones.
Lee said that the result which Google Street View published last Monday on “Mars on Earth” region, Devon Island, puts the team “on the map” and, in addition to that, their experience is shared with the rest of the world.
“The unbelievable thing is that pretty much every step you take as soon as you are away from our camp, you’re probably the first person ever to walk there,” Lee also added about it.