The Highest Resolution Map Of The Moon, Ever
A research team for NASA based in Arizona released a map covering 98.2% of the moon's surface, composed of 69,000 stereo images.
An incredible new topographic map from Arizona State University in Tempel reveals 98.2% of the entire moon with a pixel scale close to 100 meters (328 feet). One pixel is roughly the size of two adjacent football fields. Until now, such a topographical map has not been possible, due to the instrumental limitations of previous missions.
This new data enables scientists to study major geologic terrain at a 100 meter scale. This means that they can analyze misshaped crust, crater mechanics, volcanic features, and likewise provide better information for future lunar missions. The map is called the Global Lunar DTM 100 m topographic model (GLD100), and was created through the LRO camera’s WAC, which is small enough to fit into the palm of one’s hand. This instrument maps just about the entire moon each month, compiling a record of how aspects of the moon look different under different light, as the moon’s light changes every month.