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The first complete geologic map of Moon

Geologic map of Moon

Using data from several recent lunar orbiters, scientists have compiled and now released the first comprehensive geologic map of the Moon.

To create the new digital map, scientists used information from six Apollo-era regional maps along with updated information from recent satellite missions to the moon. The existing historical maps were redrawn to align them with the modern data sets, thus preserving previous observations and interpretations. Along with merging new and old data, USGS researchers also developed a unified description of the stratigraphy, or rock layers, of the moon. This resolved issues from previous maps where rock names, descriptions and ages were sometimes inconsistent.

“This map is a culmination of a decades-long project,” said Corey Fortezzo, USGS geologist and lead author. “It provides vital information for new scientific studies by connecting the exploration of specific sites on the moon with the rest of the lunar surface.”

The image to the right shows the Moon’s near side.

The complete map file is free to download, and I guarantee that scientists and engineers in China are downloading it even as I type, planning to use it to establish their ownership to the Moon’s most valuable real estate that we scouted for them.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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Autographed printed copies are also available at discount directly from me (hardback $24.95; paperback $14.95; Shipping cost for either: $5.00). Just email me at zimmerman @ nasw dot org.


  • sippin bourbon

    I have a copy of the old National Geographic Moon map from the late 60’s.

    The same one that Lou had behind his desk on the Mary Tyler Moore show.

    it may be expensive, but I am gonna have to hunt down someone with a large paper printer and print this out.
    I love it.

  • Max

    Beautiful, is there a legend that details the height of the different colors?
    The pinks and reds are the low spots, miles lower than the far side of the moon. Even though this is the area of lava sea (basalt fields) that are as large as continents on earth. There are no volcanoes to point as the source. (In low gravity, the source volcano should be larger than Olympus mons on Mars)
    The evidence would suggest that our moon is what collided with the earth billions of years ago, formed our continents out of Moonrock transferred during the collision. Placing the surface of the moon on top of the ancient lime stone atmosphere creating our oil (fossil fuel) during continental drift deep under ground. The nearest side of the Moons crust is missing exposing the core. The mass ratio to our continents is about right, analysis of the material shows that the moon and ours is identical.
    Plasma created in such an impact would be as high in temperature as a supernova, but unable to blast into space, captured by the surrounding dust and rock causing heavy elements to be found in the upper crust for our convenience.

  • Max: This is not a topological map, it is a geologic map. The different colors indicate different geology, lava, impact ejecta, etc.

  • Max

    Thank you, much of the colors do not conform to details/information I’ve researched in years past.
    Now it makes more sense. For instance, that the deep craters are the same color as the surrounding regolith. It’s material, not altitude. My bad.

    I’ve gotten complacent looking at the topological map of Mars so often. It would probably help my comprehension if I didn’t do this while I was driving.

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