American Scientist Online, 10 April 2006: The U.S. Geolgoical Survey, Branch of Astrogeology's Map-a-Planet was chosen for "Site of the Week," in American Scientist Online. American Scientist is a magazine of SIGMA XI, a scientific research society. Congratulations Patty Garcia, Lisa Gaddis, Chris Isbell, Janet Barrett, Deborah Soltesz, and Annie Bennett. Read what was reported by this web site, verbatim, below:
The U.S. Geological Survey goes far beyond its national ambit with this friendly, intuitive tool. Choosing from a growing array of datasets, visitors can create customized, browsable maps of Venus, Mars or any of six moons, including our own.
The interface offers three levels. The "easy" version assigns default values for size, resolution, format and projection; these values can be customized in the "intermediate" version via a simple control panel (choose a Mercator projection, for example, or assign a specific resolution). The advanced version provides full control of all variables. The completed maps can be panned, zoomed or resized, and are downloadable either directly via the user's browser or via ftp.
Though the interface is not as polished as that in Google's browsable maps of the moon and Mars, the USGS offering goes much farther afield, offering detailed views of Saturn's moon Rhea and Jupiter's Callisto, Europa, Io and Ganymede. It offers hours of fascinating exploration of a solar system that's at once strikingly alien and increasingly familiar.
Map-a-Planet was also recognized in the Resource section of the May 2006 issue of The Geological Society of America's online magazine, GSA Connection.