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USGS Astrogeology Research Program: West side of the moon

USGS Astrogeology Research Program: West side of the moon

30gms just posted a link to the work of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Research Program on mapping the Moon. The maps are based on data from lunar missions in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and show the geological composition of the lunar surface.

The maps are visually stunning in their abstraction. The many craters become clusters of colors, giving the appearance of a complex composition. The palette is striking and chosen for contrast, but avoiding primary color clichés. Interestingly, both the colors and composition make the maps somewhat reminiscent of the work of Joshua Davis. Compare for instance with his light box images for OFFF.

The USGS site generously offers digital downloads of the maps in a variety of formats. The PDF versions are full vector quality, and are amazing to look at in high resolution. Would-be astrogeologists should check out the USGS Planetary GIS Web Server, a project with the charming acronym PIGWAD.

USGS Astrogeology Research Program: West side of the moon

USGS Astrogeology Research Program: West side of the moon

13 Responses to “The loveliness of lunar mapping”
1. Mapping Narratives, ITP Seminar, Fall 2007 » Psychedelic Moon Maps, October 9th, 2007 at 01:10

[...] This blog post points to some really fascinating and startlingly pretty (if you like luminescent blobs of colour, which I do) lunar maps, made by the USGS Astrogeology Research Program (their site is rather ugly and hard to access, so I  sent you to the middleblog instead). [...]

3. 抽象的美丽, November 12th, 2007 at 05:11

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4. 30gms view of the moon, November 23rd, 2007 at 16:11

[...] The USGS site generously offers digital downloads of the maps in a variety of formats. The PDF versions are full vector quality, and are amazing to look at in high resolution. Would-be astrogeologists should check out the USGS Planetary GIS Web Server, a project with the charming acronym PIGWAD. via generatorx.no [...]

5. Lunar Mapping Data - Beautiful Abstract Art? » Simple Complexity » An Information Visualization Blog, December 26th, 2007 at 17:12

[...] I have to be honest… when I first laid eyes on these images I thought of kids throwing paint against a canvas and it somehow turning out looking like art. Originally found at Generator.x, their true origin is even less believable. Lunar Map – west side The maps are based on data from lunar missions in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and show the geological composition of the lunar surface. [...]

6. Crazy maps of the moon « CRog, October 17th, 2008 at 02:10

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8. Westside of the Moon « murmelbahn inc., June 29th, 2012 at 22:06

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