By Ryan F. Mandelbaum
Hot damn, look at the freakin’ Moon!
Scientists led by the United States Geological Survey’s Corey Fortezzo have released what they call the “Unified Geologic Map of the Moon—an authoritative map of lunar geology. The map, built from six Apollo-era maps and updated with more recent satellite data, lists the names of features and includes data on topology as well as what layers of rock are exposed on the lunar surface.
“Maps like this, and maps we’ve made for Mars and other bodies, help set a common languages for scientists to understand what we’re talking about,” James Skinner, USGS research geologist, told Gizmodo. The map will hopefully be useful to the scientific community and even for future lunar missions.
This is a 1:5,000,000 scale map, meaning that 1 millimeter on the map represents 5 kilometers on the Moon. It builds on a 2013 “digital renovation” of the six Apollo maps but now incorporates data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Wide Angle Camera and the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter.
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