Explore the moon in glorious detail with gorgeous new USGS maps

Thanks to some ultra-detailed photos of the moon, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently put together some beautiful new maps of the moon. Let’s dig in and pick out a camp site.

The maps include a photo mosaic and topographic map and were constructed with images and data captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. These new maps replace the old 1979 Lunar Chart, and according to folks in the know, they’re a vast improvement. The maps show off the unique makeup of the moon's surface, including craters and ancient volcanoes.

According to the USGS, the maps were designed to “help both the public and scientists understand the overall appearance and topography of the moon.” They’ll also come in handy for amateur astronomers, offering up a more detailed document to match up the features and locations. With the additional detail offered by these shots, researchers have been able to identify newly discovered features.

Check out the maps below and let us know what you think:

(Via Space)

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