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Google maps for Space exploration

[...] Distance, Route, Space points, Shortest distance available to reach the destination from Planet Earth. For this purpose, space maps tend to be more abstract. If they weren't, solar system maps ...
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Google maps for Space exploration

Google Earth Pro already includes the Moon and Mars. I don't think it covers traveling there though.
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Accurate map of Ceres

NASA has produced a topographical features map of Ceres, with names for some craters. The map was produced in 2015. This one has few more details,
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How is space mapped out?

There are many different coordinate systems (X, Y, Z axes as you refer to them). The center of the Earth is often used as the origin "center" of the coordinate system, at least for calculations ...
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How far will Curiosty be removed from Perseverance?

As OrganicMarble noted in the comments, Google Earth Pro has a nice map of Mars with all the rovers and landers included. And you can also measure distance. For example, here's the distance between ...
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Did NASA remove four major photographic atlases of the Moon from its Technical Report Server? Gone for good, or just hype?

The question, 'Did they remove 4 atlases?' can only be answered by an insider. NTRS does not show documents that have been removed. However, a search for '"Lunar Orbiter" atlas' shows lots of ...
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How much resolution did gravitational maps of Earth have before GRACE?

Today, our highest-resolution gravitational maps of the Earth are from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) project, launched in 2002. That's not the case. The latest GRACE gravity ...
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Which side of Europa is which?

The standard for any tidally locked body, of which Europa is a member, is to have the 0 longitude be the point at the center of the planet-facing side. That being the case, the middle of the map ...
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What is the order of magnitude forces due to Earth's magnetic field, sunlight, drag, oblateness and tidal forces compare?

Here is a nice graph of part of what you are asking for. It's from the book Satellite Orbits; Models, Methods, Applications by Oliver Montenbruck and Eberhard Gill, Springer, 2000. The figure and ...
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Accurate map of Ceres

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center's Astropedia is an excellent source for derived mapping data products (though only 7 Ceres products). Here is a "Ceres Nomenclature" data product:
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What are the "Boeing Lunar Orbiter spacecraft" from the 1960s? Why is "Boeing" in the name?

It's referring to the plain old Lunar Orbiters of the 1960s. Boeing manufactured the spacecraft for NASA. According to NASA's Destination Moon: A History of the Lunar Orbiter Program, Boeing (in ...
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Is there a database of recent satellite images which will allow me to estimate how much of Mariopol has been destroyed?

Not a link to visual imagery but a very useful tool for the current situation: NASA's Fire Information for Resource Management System shows fires everywhere in the world with ~250-500 meter/6 hour ...
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Is there a database of recent satellite images which will allow me to estimate how much of Mariopol has been destroyed?

MAXAR subsidiary DigitalGlobe has a web interface tool for viewing very up to date imagery. It is searchable by area, cloud cover, date, sun angle, and off nadir pointing angle (obliquity). Here is an ...
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Where to find the full reflectance map of the Moon?

The polar regions aren't filled with useless texture - it just isn't very accurate. I have done the exercise you are going through. I'm pretty sure that data package is the best that exists, and ...
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Full lunar mineralization/ore map

Here's the labelled version you found of the USGS map large enough to read the text For completion's sake, here's a mirror, limited by the 2MB upload size of SE, so it's only barely readable. The link ...
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Challenges to mapping the surface of mars with helicopters? Would it be better than satellite images?

Presuming that we could build on what we learned from Ingenuity, and we built, launched, and landed a copter platform that was designed to autonomously map the surface of Mars, what challenges would ...
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Perseverance drove for the first time on Mars ! (on Sol 14) Can I find somewhere how much and in what direction?

Yep, Perseverance has the same map: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/where-is-the-rover/
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Where/how do I view the Chang'e 2 lunar map?

Here's the link: http://moon.bao.ac.cn/searchOrder_dataSearch.search You may need to create an account. Scientific Data -> Search -> find your data and download. The website is extremely slow, ...
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How quickly could we detect a change in a mascon?

It depends on where the masscon is in relation to the orbit, and just how big the masscon is, as well as how carefully the orbit is measured, and whether or not anyone is actually looking. If it's a ...
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What counts as "0 mGal" in these gravity maps?

The Gravity Anomaly or Bouguer Anomaly Maps are no actual gravity maps. They are rather a map of ground density, expressed as an excess or deficit of gravity caused by differences in density. The ...
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How high could a weather balloon be used on Mars without rupturing?

Most weather balloons can go up to about 40 km. At that altitude, the pressure is about 2.9 millibars. The Martian atmosphere is about 6 millibars at surface level. At the summit of Olympus Mons (21....
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Mapping the moon: how to use the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) image data?

tl;dr Those numbers are meters per pixel. But you have to be careful because they are scans along the spacecraft orbit with the moon rotating underneath, so x and y are skewed. This answer will get ...
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Full lunar mineralization/ore map

According to the Universe Today website, the US Geological Service (USGS) has produced a geological map of the Moon, that is available online. This is also an animation of the globe of the Moon. The ...
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Which side of Europa is which?

I find the accepted answer unclear, so I'll try: The two maps in discussion use coordinate systems based on the convention that 0 longitude is the point directly facing Jupiter, but they have chosen ...
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Earliest gravitational map of a planet/moon?

It was the Earth, of course. As early as 1964, scientists realized that the non-Keplerian orbits satellites gave a picture of the Earth's interior. For example, see S. K. Runcorn, "Satellite gravity ...
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Why are the poles of the Moon in Google Earth so different from other regions?

Google Maps Moon likely uses a Simple Cylindrical projection for storing their map data. This is fine for the majority of the globe, but there are problems at the poles. Here are a few reasons why ...
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Is the available imagery of Europa and Enceladus enough to develop surface missions there?

Do the current (or soon to be obtained) surface maps of those bodies have a spatial resolution that is high enough to enable the development of lander & robotic missions to those destinations? ...
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Is there a database of recent satellite images which will allow me to estimate how much of Mariopol has been destroyed?

Those databases exist, but they're generally not publicly accessible. There are basically two types of Earth observation data: from agencies (ESA, NASA, JAXA, etc.) and from private companies (Maxar, ...
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Why are the poles of the Moon in Google Earth so different from other regions?

The strong distortions and star-like stripes are an artifact of Googles' image processing. For comparison, here is a screenshot of our own South Pole : I increased the contrast to make the artifacts ...
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Why are the poles of the Moon in Google Earth so different from other regions?

The lighting is different at the poles. The sun is always very close to the horizon. There are some crater floors at the poles that never see sunlight. These crater floors are always inky black. ...
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