How the New Moon Map Will Guide Future Lunar Missions
With plans to send new missions to the moon, NASA has worked with the United States Geological Survey and the Lunar Planetary Institute to create a radically detailed new map that will guide future missions. More from Engadget:
Called the Unified Geological Map of the Moon, it marries decades of surveys of the moon’s surface going as far back as Armstrong and Aldrin’s Apollo mission, with more recent data from NASA and JAXA. The digital map is available here for the public to download at 1:5,000,000 scale.
To create the maps, scientists took information from the six Apollo-era regional maps, and updated them with information from a number of later sources. The elevation data at the equatorial region came from observations by the Terrain Camera on the SELENE mission led by JAXA., while the north and south pole topography was captured by NASA’s Lunar Orbiter, using its Laser Altimeter data.
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