USGS, NASA release most detailed map of moon, to help astronauts for future missions
According to USGS, the new map will give a better understanding of the moon to astronauts, helping them in designing future missions with more efficient results.
The map will be available online as a repository for assisting researchers, students, scientists, and to the general public. And yes, this a proper map of the whole satellite!
Last year, NASA had announced its plans of sending people to the moon and the release of the map can be considered as the first step in the direction. The USGS says that the map is the product of a project that has been in the works for decades.
A report quoted a USGS geologist who said that the map provides crucial information about the surface of the moon and could also help in further exploratory missions.
In the new map, colours have been used to demarcate between eras. For instance, the Imbrian era formation, when the moon surface was hit by asteroids, has been marked in pink. The USGS has also managed to demarcate the layers of rocks forming the moon surface to grasp better understanding of the satellite.