Google Mars gets better.

Discover’s Bad Astronomy blog highlights some keen new ways to look at the Red Planet:

One is an overlay that shows old historical maps, like the ones Percival Lowell made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when he fancied Mars was crisscrossed with canals dug by a dying race….

The third feature is canned guided tours: you open them and get a tour of Mars narrated by Ira Flatow from NPR and Bill Nye (whom I hear is some sort of Science Guy).

For just a second, my brain misfired and I thought Google had gotten NPR’s other Ira to narrate, which would really be kind of brilliant. I can almost hear the Daniel Lanois/Brian Eno soundtrack as he describes the yawning gulf of Noctis Labyrinthus and how it reminds him of, say, a Chinese takeout place next door to Wrigley Field.

Google? Are you listening?