Mars: Surface Map Textures:
32K VT Mars Surface Map

Summary:32K VT Mars Surface Map.
Description:This Virtual Texture package contains a mostly shading removed 32k map of mars.
To install extract the zip into your celestia folder
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read the README file in each zip
Addon Homepage:
Creator:John van Vliet
Added:2004-11-04 20:24
Last modified:2011-10-20 16:45
CTX 207 Bytes
Levels 0-3 PNG 35.96 MB
Level 4 PNG 100.66 MB
Level 5 - Part 1 PNG 194.35 MB
Level 5 - Part 2 PNG 194.17 MB

Comments by visitors:

2012-06-22 00:37
#12 ang
The best texture ever
2011-05-15 15:08
#11 anonymous
Ok, found the answer at . It is packed with 7-zip. Then you should rename the archives do .7z .
2011-05-15 14:59
#10 anonymous
The level 4 zips contain files compressed with bzip2 compression. That seems nonstandard. I have problems extracting them. Can you fix this? What linux program can extract this?
2010-12-13 22:21
#9 anonymous
I was trying to use this add-on with the 64K VT Mars Normal Map (on the 'Bump, Normal Maps' page) and found that I needed to modify the ssc file as follows:

AltSurface "Mars" "Sol/Mars"

Texture "Mars.ctx"
NormalMap "MarsNormal.ctx"

(you need to include both the 'Mars' level folders (16k) and 'MarsNormal' level folders (64k) in the same hires folder, i.e. Mars>textures>hires>Mars AND MarsNormal). Hope that helps.

2010-02-03 11:34
#8 Thomas Bracken
Great Surface features.
Good job.


2009-12-31 02:03
#7 dahemac
You need to give the alternate texture a unique name. I have another MarsHires that came with the vtForDummys guide so the Mars.ssc file that worked for me was as follows.

AltSurface "16k_VT" "Sol/Mars"

Texture "Mars.ctx"
2009-01-12 11:06
#6 Romano
Ok, small tip for #5 anonymous.
You go to your Celestia's "extras" folder, make folder "Mars", go to that folder, make a textfile "Mars.ssc", into that file you put:

Modify "Mars" "Sol"
Texture "Mars.*"

After creating that file, make folder "textures", go to that folder, make folder "hires", and enter it. Here you put the "Mars.ctx" file which should be pointing at the "Mars" folder containing levels of detail of the Mars surface texture. Check it to be sure that it does. Also put here the "Mars" folder with the textures, it's content should be folders named like "level0, level1, level2 etc." After all that, just run Celestia and set textures detail to high.
If something is still unclear, ask.
2008-12-28 22:05
#5 anonymous
I'll die before i understand how to use those textures. I hope the author will buy a spaceship without any handbook in, just to see how he deals with it
2008-01-02 12:58
#4 Bob Hegwood
You do NOT need 7-zip to open John's files. You DO need a modern zip/unzip program though. Even the standard Windows Vista zipper works on these files, so this should not be an issue. If you have problems here, get yourself a program which works. There are PLENTY of open-source un-zippers available now.
2007-04-14 13:33
#3 bbankrablo
Use WinZip 10, and will work :-)
2006-10-10 13:16
#2 Diablo-D3
Or you could just use the 7-zip program, which is free and open source,
2005-01-19 12:04
#1 Psykotik
Can open all except level4 with winrar. I hardly understand why use 7-zip compression... That's a shame, I won't be able to see that plugin :( home page