Geological map of the Moon: a unique view – WinStars 3

Geological map of the Moon: a unique view

The USGS (United States Geological Survey) has just released the first complete geological map of the lunar surface.

Entitled “Unified Geologic Map of the Moon”, this detailed map could be useful for future manned lunar missions. It is based on data from JAXA’s Kaguya (Selene) probe and the camera from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The map also incorporates elements collected during various Apollo missions. A publication details the methodology that led to this result.

Map published by the USGS, accompanied by a description of the color code.
The USGS map is integrated into WinStars. To activate it, check the options “Show high-resolution textures” and “Display Unified Geologic Map of the Moon” in the “Planets/Satellites” menu.