Data Visualization

Published on August 7th, 2013 | by Travis Korte


Mapping the Mars Rover

In celebration of the Mars Rover Curiosity’s first full year on Mars, created an interactive map visualization of the rover’s exploration of the Red Planet so far. Each node on the path represents a location reached by the rover; scrolling through photos from the different locations reveals the changing landscape, and, in particular, the changing soil types the rover is analyzing for evidence of life-giving chemicals.

An accompanying article details some of the challenges associated with tracking the rover, most notably including the fact that vehicles beyond Earth can’t be tracked with GPS.

The map was created in partnership with web mapping software company MapBox.

Take a look.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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