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Google Maps Now Includes The Moon And Mars

06/08/2014 10:33 BST | Updated 06/08/2014 14:59 BST

Google has made two rather large new additions to Google Maps: The Moon and Mars. This marks the first time Google has let users explore beyond our own planet.

How then do you head off to the red planet? It's easy, simply keep zooming out until Earth becomes a speck in space and a 'Explore' button will become available. Click on it and you'll be given the option of visiting either our closest neighbour The Moon or heading off to Mars.

Ok so while you won't be strolling down Olympus Mons in Street View this is still a major step for Google and adds a number of explorable regions.

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The addition of these two new locations is to commemorate the Curiosity rover's second year on Mars.

The plucky car-sized rover has been roaming the red planet discovering new materials while taking some incredible photos including the first 'selfie' on Mars and discovering an 'Alien' lion head mask.