Products in Google Earth 5.0
Version 5.0 of Google Earth
includes Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
waypoint, activity, and site data along with
links to "Rover Site Maps" and "Sol
Summaries" in the
MER Analyst's Notebook (AN). The
following instructions describe how to
access MER data using
Google Earth 5.0.
Download and install Google
Earth 5.0 at
For detailed instructions on installing Google Earth, read the
Google Earth User Guide.
When you open Google Earth
for the first time, it automatically opens
in Earth mode. To switch to Mars mode,
click on the planet
in the menu bar at the top of the page
and select "Mars" from the drop down list.
Locating the Rovers
and Loading "Rover Waypoint Data"
To access MER data, you
need to locate the rovers and "Load rover
To locate the rovers,
type "Spirit" or "Opportunity" into the "Fly
To" search box and you will automatically
fly to the rover position.
Alternatively, fly to a feature near the
rovers by typing that feature name, e.g.
"Home Plate", into the
When you have located the
rover of interest, click on the American
flag at the rover landing site and select
"Load rover waypoint data" to
display and access rover data.
Analyst's Notebook Data
The rover waypoint data will
load as red dots corresponding to the
sols of the MER Mission. Click on a data point, and a pop
up box will appear showing the sol(s)
selected with the corresponding site number and a one
line summary of that sol's activities taken from
the "Sol Summary Reports" in the
In addition to activity and
position summaries, the pop out box also
contains links titled "Rover Site Map" and
"Sol Summary Documents". Click on either of
these links, and a browser window will open
in Google Earth displaying the specified
site map or sol summary in the MER AN.
The "Rover Site Map" shows the
rover and footprints of data products for
the given site and position. Features for
the site are also plotted. Clicking on the
map shows the product(s) that cover the
given location, and gives you the option to
download these products.
The "Sol Summary Documents"
link takes you to the "Sol Summary" page for
the specified sol. From the Sol
Summary page you can access data
products, documentation, and plans for a
given Sol. Click on the documents, products,
and plans to preview and download rover