The US Geological Service has released two high resolution maps of the Moon based on data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO):
- USGS Scientific Investigations Map 3316: Image Mosaic and Topographic Map of the Moon
- Here Are Two New Mind-Blowing Maps of the Moon – Popular Mechanics
The image map is created from a mosaic of images taken by the LRO’s Wide Angle Camera (WAC).
All named features greater than 85 km in diameter or length were included unless they were not visible on the map. Some selected well-known features less than 85 km in size were also included.
The topographic map is derived from elevation data measured by the LRO’s Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA).
The image used for the base of this map represents more than 6.5 billion measurements gathered between July 2009 and July 2013…