Chinese scientists have created a map of the moon. It took them a decade to do it. The new map will make it easier to explore the moon and for anyone who wants to study our natural satellite in more detail.
The US Geological Survey map of the moon has been the standard for a long time. The map has a resolution of less than one million. The new map has a resolution of over one million dollars.
Chinese scientists have created a new map based on the latest findings on the moon. China has sent rovers and landers to the moon. Data was fed into the map.
The Institute of Geochemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences was the leader of the project. There are over 12,000 impact craters, 81 impact basins, 17 rock types and 14 different types of structures on the map.
The map is very detailed. There is more detail when you zoom in.
There were different standards and capabilities behind the data that was used in the creation of other maps of the moon. This one isn't the same. The map is the same as before.
The moon was divided into 30 quadrangles by researchers. The quadrangles were mapped to the same standards and combined into a single map. The data from the map came from China and other space-faring countries. There is a synthesis of knowledge.
The paper says that lunar geologic maps are fundamental resources in science research, exploration planning, and landing site selection.
If you want to understand the moon in more detail, this map is a great place to start. It is available for download at https://dx.doi.org/10.12176/0399.02797
Be warned. The file is large