Scientists have created a new high-resolution map of the moon using data from China’s recent lunar missions.
The detailed map was created using data primarily from China’s lunar exploration program collected over the past 15 years and supplemented with high quality data from international exploration missions from the United States, Japan and India.
It reveals geological layers, structural features and a timeline of the moonand includes 12,341 impact craters, 81 impact basins, 17 rock types, and 14 structure types.
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The map reflects “the evolution of the lunar crust under igneous processes, catastrophic impacts, and volcanic activities,” the research team wrote in a paper accepted for publication in the journal. Scientific bulletin (opens in a new tab).
The map uses a Mollweide projection which creates an elliptical view of the moon; China also provided stereographic projections, centered separately on the north and south poles. Researchers could use this new work to further lunar geological mapping and selection of landing sites for future missions.
The full size map is available from the Chinese Academy of Sciences National Center for Space Science (opens in a new tab).
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