This Solar System HD addon contains hi-resolution maps of some planets, moons and asteroids of the Solar System. It increases level of detail of some Solar System's worlds many times compared to default SpaceEngine installation (see comparison gif below), or replaces default low-quality jpeg textures with the hi-quality png ones.
For terrestrial worlds (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Moon and Mars), there is even more improved textures available - the Solar System Ultra addon. Note what it requires this Solar System HD addon to work properly.
To get information about resolution, sources and credits please read this pdf document.
These textures will not make the level of surface details on Earth or other worlds similar to a procedural planet. They have a limited resolution (up to 200 meters per pixel), and this will be the maximum level of detail for their worlds.
1) Download the torrent file.
2) Open the torrent in any BitTorrent client.
3) Set up the SpaceEngine/addons/ folder as a destination and start downloading.
4) When the download is complete, please don't delete it from your torrent client - seed it for a few days :)
Direct download of individual files
Download these files into the folder SpaceEngine/addons/SolarSysHD/ (create it if this folder does not exist).
Yes you can, you may leave them in data folder or move to addons; you may also repack them manually to match the new files, but this is not necessary. Note what some planets have updated textures (Mercury, Mars, Saturn moons), and there are some new textuers (Ceres, Vesta, Pluto and Charon) - you may want to download them.
They aren't higher resolution, but updated it terms of changed gamma/contrast, fixed some gaps and artefacts, etc. Textures for Mercury, Titan's elevation map, Pluto & Charon, Ceres & Vesta are completely new.
I added the texture pack i was using with 0.9.7.4 version to 0.9.8.0 version and as i'm closing to Earth's surface, it loads the textures weird way. Once loaded, it's fine, but during the loading and closing to the surface process, it's weird. So this pack is new and updated? I'll wait till links are added and try to download this one then.