back to article If you want to take social distancing to the next level, and go to the Moon, take this: A complete lunar geology map

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has published the first-ever comprehensive geological map of the Moon’s surface. USGS geologists worked with astronomers at NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute in Texas to piece together the digital map from a variety of resources, including readings from six Apollo missions and …

  1. JassMan Silver badge
    Joke

    The mad paintball warrior strikes again.

    It looks like the moon has been involved in a paintball fight and lost bigtime. Either that or its been flour bombed with coloured chalk dust.

    on a more serious note, this looks someone has put in a lot of effort to make a seriously useful map.I just hope we get back there someday and that space exploration does 't suffer from big budget cuts because of covid19.

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: The mad paintball warrior strikes again.

      if rare earth elements are present in large enough concentration, it might make sense to mine them there.

      (I checked the high res map for rabbits, didn't find any)

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: The mad paintball warrior strikes again.

        Shirley they'd be rare MOON elements?

  2. Graham O'Brien
    Headmaster

    Wrong name?

    Shouldn't that have been done by the US Selenological Survey?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The amazing astro men 50 years ago

    Now we have the map what does it indicate about the places explored by the missions in the futuristic 70s.

    Were they just the dust bowls they appeared to be while amazing things were just over the hill?

  4. Michael H.F. Wilkinson
    Happy

    Holi festival hits the moon

    Lovely colourful map. Actually, if you stretch saturation on lunar images, you will see some colour differences indicating differences in composition. An example can be found here. This was taken with a planetary camera and my Celestron C8. After stacking hundreds of frames, you get good enough signal-to-noise to boost saturation without noise exploding.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: Holi festival hits the moon

      Are you saying those India moon missions were meant to crash after all?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yeah but no but

    is all fake innit cos they never landed on the moon it were all faked at twickenham studios

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Yeah but no but

      You half baked conspiracy theorist commie spreading lies.

      It was Pinewood studios, not Twickenham!

  6. HildyJ Silver badge
    Holmes

    Pink Floyd

    Not mentioned is the significance of the Dark Side of the Moon which is colored, appropriately, Pink.

    This disparity has had boffins' knickers in a twist since it was discovered and, combined with analysis of moon rocks, has led to competing and complicated theories regarding the origin of the moon.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The map that changed the moon. (apologies to Simon Winchester)

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