Topographic Rainbow-Map of Moon

Die Nasa hat eine wunderbare, riesige, topografische Karte vom Mond veröffentlicht. Hier gibt's das Teil von vorne und hinten und zum Reinzoomen. Und wo wir grade beim Thema sind: Wired hat eine tolle Galerie mit Vulkan-Karten.

The science team that oversees the imaging system on board NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created.

This new topographic map, from Arizona State University in Tempe, shows the surface shape and features over nearly the entire moon with a pixel scale close to 100 meters (328 feet). A single measure of elevation (one pixel) is about the size of two football fields placed side-by-side.

NASA: RO Camera Team Releases High Resolution Global Topographic Map of Moon (via Laughing Squid)

The Awl: A Survey Of Moon Maps Since the 17th Century: „How do you map something 238,856 miles away? You can’t just send out a team of surveyors. At least, you couldn’t until relatively recently. Before then, lunar cartographers (technically, selenographers) could only rely on telescopes and their own artistic ability to draw a detailed portrait of the lunar face. They managed some pretty dazzling results.“