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China releases new moon map, the world's most detailed to date

China has released a new comprehensive geologic map of the moon to a scale of 1:2,500,000, the most detailed to date.

Chinese scientists from multiple research institutes and universities have created the high resolution topographic map based on data from China's lunar exploration Chang'e project and other data and research findings from international organizations.

The map includes 12,341 impact craters, 81 impact basins, 17 rock types and 14 types of structures, providing abundant information about geology of the moon and its evolution. It is expected to make a great contribution to scientific research, exploration and landing site selection on the moon. The Institute of Geochemistry of Chinese Academy of Sciences has led the project, along with other organizations such as Chinese Academy of Geological Science, China University of Geosciences and Shandong University.

The map was published by Science Bulletin on May 30.

Previously, USGS Astrogeology Science Center completed and released a moon map to a scale of 1:5,000,000 in 2020.


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