This Moon Map Allows Anyone to Walk in the Shoes of an Astronaut

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Oct 26, 2015
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This moon map allows everybody on Earth -- regardless of their astronaut status -- to explore our ever-changing planet.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently published this set of virtual moon maps. It includes two individual moon maps. One is a photo mosaic that compiles images captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, which launched in 2009 and remains in orbit to this date. The other moon map is a topographic chart, which displays a geographical breakdown of the moon's regions and terrain.

The USGS hopes that the moon maps will provide educators, scientists and the public with a better understanding of and familiarity with Earth's satellite. Amateur astronomers will be able to use it to better comprehend what they can see through their own telescopes. The rest of us can explore it virtually and get to feel like real live astronauts.