Devon Island offers training ground for future Mars expeditionary crews.
Credit: NASA/HMP

A new partnership has been struck between Google and the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) on Devon Island, in the High Arctic.

The HMP is a leading international Mars analog field research project centered on the Haughton meteorite impact crater site and surrounding terrain on Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada.

This new partnership “will allow us to share with the world some of the Mars-like wonders of the site and the fieldwork that we do” says Pascal Lee, planetary scientist with the Mars Institute and the SETI Institute, and director of the NASA HMP at NASA Ames Research Center.

Street-wise views!

In August 2018, a team from Google participated in the HMP’s 2018 summer field campaign as a new Education and Public Outreach partner on the project. The main objective for Google at HMP-2018 was to collect Street View imagery to allow Google Earth and Google Maps users to visit Devon Island virtually, and to create a Google Earth guided tour illustrating, via factual narrative, how Devon Island is so similar to Mars.

The Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) Research Station is home for field campaigns of international teams of scientists.
Credit: NASA HMP

Also, a 10-minute documentary titled “Mars On Earth: A Visit to Devon Island” was produced. The video, shot entirely in HD using Google’s latest Pixel 3 smartphone, shows a sampling of the research activities carried out at the HMP over a 10-day period.

Today’s announcement of the new partnership came via The Mars Institute and the SETI Institute. The NASA Haughton-Mars Project is supported by NASA under a Cooperative Agreement with the SETI Institute.


The Google documentary — Mars On Earth: A Visit to Devon Island – can be viewed at:

For a Google Earth Guided Tour, Mars on Earth, go to:

For Google Street View highlights, go to:

Link 1: Astronaut Canyon,-89.327255,2a,75y,57.85h,79.09t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sSrFnvJxIhEoAAAQrDCD02Q!2e0!7i5760!8i2880

Link 2: Haughton Crater at View Hill,-89.5874263,2a,75y,182.31h,85t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4hzhnL3wBowAAAQrDCE2bQ!2e0!7i5760!8i2880

Link 3: Haughton-Mars Project Base Camp,-89.8614491,2a,75y,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1snFl2AhnKkI0AAAQrCy3kVw!2e0!7i5760!8i2880

Link 4: Von Braun Planitia: An Ancient Lake Bed,-89.8711562,2a,75y,51.94h,84.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sQtdKz-yVD0wAAAQrDCE0PA!2e0!7i5760!8i2880

Link 5: Haughton Crater at Breccia Cliffs,-89.6341181,2a,75y,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sZ84U8bF94b0AAAQrDCEONg!2e0!7i5760!8i2880

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