This week, Maps101 is turning our attention beyond Earth—toward outer space. All we have to do is look up, on a clear night, and see that Earth is only a small part of the universe. If you are lucky enough to live without light pollution, you will see A LOT of stars. But even in cities, viewing stars in the night sky (or early morning sky) is possible. Some of the “stars” are planets in our solar system. In September, the Red Planet, Mars is visible as a red-tinged point of light, for example. How many people have gazed up at the sky, throughout the millennia, with wonder? That pull toward the unknown helped propel humankind to begin exploring space. Today, NASA has launched satellites and spacecraft with cameras that have taken extraordinary images of distant planets, such as Jupiter. Mankind’s connection to objects in space began, however, with the Apollo landing on the moon. There is much to explore about space, thus with virtual binoculars in hand, we are off to the sky, with Maps101.