USGS releases first complete geologic map of the Moon

Have you ever needed to study the Moon’s surface in exacting depth? Now’s your prospect. The USGS (with enable from NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute) has unveiled the to start with full geologic map of the Moon, offering a genuinely in depth glimpse at our nearest cosmic neighbor. The 1:5,000,000 scale map is color-coded to enable you swiftly determine geological functions, which include numerous crater sorts, plains and other functions.

The workforce made the map applying a blend of Apollo-period maps and information from modern satellite missions, which include the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Japan’s SELENE. Scientists redrew the historical maps to enable them line up with the present-working day sets even though preserving important notes. They also founded steady descriptions of functions to avoid the confusion that could transpire with past maps.