By integrating data from satellite and Apollo mission times, scientists from the US Geological Survey (USGS), NASA (NASA) and the Lunar Planetary Institute (LPI) have finally released the first comprehensive geological map of the moon. As a satellite that has accompanied the earth for 4.5 billion years, it is covered with various rocks, craters and other interesting geological features.
To delve into the details, the scientists reviewed the area maps of the six Apollo missions and combined them with modern satellite data.
With fresh scientific observations, scientists refreshed the historical data, and finally combined an incredible lunar geological perspective (1: 5 million ratio).
Jim Reilly, current director of USGS and former NASA astronaut, said: "Everyone has always been interested in returning to the moon, so we are very happy to see that USGS can help NASA's future mission planning.
As a blueprint for future manned missions to the moon, it provides scientists with important insights. USGS geologist and lead author Corey Fortezzo added: "This map is the result of decades of projects."
By exploring specific locations on the moon and linking them to the rest of the moon, it can provide important information for new scientific research.