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China publishes the most detailed geological map of the Moon to date

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The map shows 12,341 craters on the lunar surface, in addition to 81 depressions, 17 types of rocks and 14 types of structures.

Chinese scientists have published the most detailed geological map of the Moon that has been obtained so far, local media reported on Wednesday.

This is a high resolution map showing details of the lunar surface that they had never been mapped before . In particular, it collects 12,341 impact craters, 81 depressions, 17 types of rocks and 14 types of structures, providing new information on the geology of our satellite.

The investigation was carried out by the Institute of Geochemistry of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, in collaboration with Shandong University and the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences.

The topographic map, published in the journal Science Direct on May 30, is partially based on data from China’s lunar exploration project called Chang’e and in other findings of international organizations.

As it is the most detailed map of this type achieved to date, it will from now on be the definitive model of the geology of the surface of the Moon. It is expected to contribute to research and exploration, improving, for example, the selection of landing sites for future manned missions.

The map above, created by the Geological Survey of the United States and launched in 2020, it was made at a scale of 1:500,000, which means that each millimeter of the map covered 5 kilometers of the moon, the media now recall. Instead, the current map was made at a scale of 1:2,500,000, so that each millimeter covers 2.5 kilometers of the surface, half the land of the previous map and therefore twice as detailed.

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