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Our coming project: children’s planetary maps

October 27, 2014

Here is a preview of what our planetary maps designed for children will look like:


2014 Meeting Announcement and call for papers: Planetary Cartography for Children

May 29, 2014

The Commission’s annual meeting will be held in Budapest, on 3 September 2014, one day prior to the 9th ICA Workshop Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage.. The meeting will be accompanied with a one-session workshop on the topic Planetary Cartography for Children.

Papers (for oral, or print-only) should be sent to not later than 20 July. Papers can be presented during the conference as oral presentations or posters. Author notification on acceptance: 1 August.

A collection of the papers accepted (i.e. oral, poster or print-only) in the workshop will be published online.

Template for the conference publication:  ica_cpc_template_2014


Participation in the meeting and workshop is free.



Eötvös Loránd University, September 3, 2014




Participating ICA Commissions:

  • Commission on Cartography and Children
  • Commission on Planetary Cartography


10:00-10:15 László Zentai, ICA Secretary General Greetings Hungary
10:15-10:45 Bengt Rystedt 1, Ferjan Ormeling, Domonkos Hillier and Ádám Bérces International Map Year and Construction of its Homepage Sweden,Netherlands,


10:45-11:15 Csilla Gévai, László Herbszt, Henrik Hargitai 2 Planetary map series for children from a graphic designer’s point of view Hungary
11:15-11:45 Henrik Hargitai 2 Report on activities of the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography Hungary
11:45-12:15 Jesús Reyes 3 Report on activities of the ICA Commission on Cartography and Children Hungary


1 Chairperson, ICA Working Group on the International Map Year

2 Chairperson, ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography

3 Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children


Place: Room 7.59, 7th floor, Északi building, Lágymányosi Campus, Eötvös Loránd University

Address: Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A, Budapest 1117, Hungary





Please send your paper, name, affiliation to:  hhargitai [at] by 20 July.


Abstract:  20 July 2014

Notification of acceptance: 1 August 2014

Meeting: 3 September 2014, Eötvös Loránd University, Northern Block. (No 16 in this map:



Call for papers 2014

Conference in memoriam Kira Shingareva

May 8, 2014

MIIGAiK’s Extraterrestrial Laboratory organizes a conference in the memory of Kira Shingareva.  

The program of the planetary cartography section is as follows: 


Conference program, May 28, 2014 10:00 – 17:00

Section 3. Cartography, Subsection 3.3. Planetary Cartography

Office 155, MExLab MIIGAiK, Moscow


1. Mercury: Research and Mapping. Preparation for the Future European Mission BepiColombo. J. Oberst (DLR, TUB, MIIGAiK).

2. History of the Moon and Planet Laboratory of Space Research Institute. A.T. Basilevsky (Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences).

3. Planetary Nomenclature. V.V. Shevchenko (Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University).

4. Work of the Department of Physics of the Moon and Planets of Sternberg Astronomical Institute. J.F. Rodionova (Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University).

5. Mapping of the Moon and the Global Positioning System. A.V. Bagrov (Institute of Astronomy, Russian Academy of Sciences) and E.M. Mazurova (MIIGAiK).

6. Projections for Planetary Mapping. M.E. Fleiss (Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences).

7. New Atlas of Phobos. I.P. Karachevtseva (MIIGAiK).

8. Methods of Study of the Moon Relief at Different Levels of Detail. N.A. Kozlova (MIIGAiK).

9. Development of the Technology for Mapping of the Moon Polar Areas for Future Russian Missions Luna-Glob and Luna-Resource. A.A. Kokhanov (MIIGAiK).


The conference takes place at MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab, Office 155, MIIGAiK #4 , Gorokhovsky pereulok 105064, Moscow, RUSSIA

Participation is free. Please note that most of the presentations will be in Russian.

The organizers expect relatives and friends of Kira Shingareva to come.


Planetary Nomenclature: “Features that do not need to be named now are left to be named by future generations.”

March 18, 2014

From the WGPSN website:

“Official names for planetary surface features are not for sale. TheInternational Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature provides a unique system of official names for planetary surface features, natural satellites, dwarf planets, and planetary rings for the benefit of the international science community, educators, and the general public. A single system of official names is critical for effective scientific communication. The IAU first became involved with planet and satellite nomenclature in 1919 to standardize the multiple, confusing systems of nomenclature for the Moon that were then in use. Since that time, the IAU has provided the single, reliable,official catalog of surface feature names, thus enabling successful international communication. The IAU names surface features only when they have special scientific interest and the names are needed for communication; features that do not need to be named now are left to be named by future generations.

Names purchased through a commercial enterprise (1) have no formal or official status, (2) will not be added to the official database or maps, and (3) carry the potential to create confusion within the broader science community and the public. The IAU dissociates itself entirely from the commercial practice of selling names. Please visit the Mars portion of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for the official list of named features on Mars. “

In Memoriam – Kira B. Shingareva

September 17, 2013

“If one says the words planet and map together, Kira Borisovna Shingareva is the number one figure”, the Russian weekly Russkij Reporter wrote in 2010. She certainly was the driving force behind planetary cartographic activities at all levels as a professor at MIIGAiK, the Moscow State University for Geodesy and Cartography. Her students of extraterrestrial geography include students from high school to university and post-graduate levels and even her colleagues.

Kira Shingareva graduated from MIIGAiK in 1959 as an astronomo-geodesist and was admitted to the Dresden University. She graduated from the Technical University of Dresden in 1961, received her PhD in 1974, and became a Doctor of Science in 1992. She has held the position of principal scientist at the Laboratory of Comparative Planetology at the Space Research Instutute at the Academy of Science untill 1977.

Between 1976 and 1978 Kira Shingareva completed a second degree in economics from the Lomonosov Moscow State University at the Faculty of International Relations. From 1977 until recently, she worked at the Department of Economics and Business of MIIGAiK, successfully combining teaching in a number of scientific disciplines with her work in the Planetary Cartography Laboratory of MIIGAiK .

Shingareva participated in the Russian National Space program by mapping the Moon, Mars, Phobos and Venus and selecting landing sites for the early Moon probes. Her effective management enabled MIIGAiK to carry out its planetary cartographic activities when financial aids stopped due to the Mars-96 spacecraft failure. She also helped revive the laboratory as MexLab (MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory or Comprehensive Laboratory of Studies of Extraterrestrial Territories) in 2010 which provided a place of work and study for 50 students and young scientists and made it one of the key international planetary science centers of Russia.

Shingareva was concerned not only with the geographic and cartographic aspects of planetary bodies, but also with place names: starting in the late 1960s, she helped the development of the planetary nomenclature. Her first presentation at the IAU 1967 meeting was about the proposed new nomenclature of the far side of the Moon; that was a starting point in restructuring the system of planetary nomenclature. She was also vice-chairman of the Space Toponymics Commission  of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She believed that the management of planetary toponyms should be passed from IAU to an interdisciplinary UN commission of geographers, geologists, and phylologists.

Shingareva’s main collaborative project with her colleagues was the creation of the Atlas of Terrestrial Planets and their Moons (1992) the preparatory work for which took 12 years. The atlas was digitized and translated into English in 2007. Based on this work, Shingareva initiated the production of the series “Multilingual Maps of the Terrestrial Planets and their Moons“. Both of these projects are unique and aim to show the results of planetary discoveries to a wide and international audience in a cartography-based format.

She co-authored a high school textbook entitled “Geography of extraterrestrial territories” (2009) which, along with the new, high-school-targeted version of the atlas (Atlas of the Solar System, 2005) now provides the foundation of planetology education in Russia.

Kira Shingareva was the driving force behind the ICA’s Planetary Cartography Working Group (co-chair: 1995–1999) and Commission (chair: 1999–2007). She was also an outstanding organizer of scientific activities, playing main role preparing the 23rd International Cartographic Conference held in Moscow in 2007. Since 2007, she was an honorary member of the International Cartographic Association.

She showed tireless commitment and enthusiasm to planetary cartography, which she passed on to subsequent generations. She lived during the most exciting era of planetary explorations, at a time when she had to make the most out of the limited resources available. As she said, we move forward, step by step.

Kira Shingareva died on Sunday 15 September.

She is commemorated by the main-belt asteroid 294595 Shingareva and the small but very unusual Lunar farside crater Kira, named by her American colleagues, which will be another planetary reminder of her. 

H. Hargitai, I. Karachevtseva and MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) team

In this audio recording, made in 2004, Kira Shingareva speaks about the first atlas of the far side of the Moon.

The biography of Kira Shingareva is included in the book Map Worlds: A History of Women in Cartography (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013) by Will Van Den Hoonaard.

Selected papers

Shingareva, K.B. (1967) ‘Presentation on Lunar Nomenclature’. In: Proceedings of the Thirteenth General Assembly, 17. Commission de la Lune. Section 2 on Lunar Nomenclature. IAU, Prague. 

Shingareva K. B. (1973) Cartographic study of the Lunar surface (картографическая изученность лунной поверхности in:  серия  исследование космического пространства  том 5 москва 1973) Space Research Series Volume 5 Moscow.

Shingareva, K.B.; Burba, G.A. (1977) ‘The Lunar nomenclature: The reverse side of the Moon (1961-1973)’. (Лунная номенклатура. Обратная сторона Луны. 1961–1973). Nauka. Moscow. Originally in Russian, In English translation: NASA-TM 75035. (NASA)

Marov MYa, Krasnopevtseva BV, Shingareva KB (scientific editors), Bolshakov VD, Kremnev RS (editors) (1992) Atlas of Terrestrial Planets and their Moons (Атлас планет Земной группы и их спутников). Miigaik, Moscow.

Shingareva, K.B., Dorrer E. (2002) Space Activity in Russia – Background, Current State, Perspectives. Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen

Shingareva, K.B.; Sakovnina, O.V.; Pugacheva, S.G. (nd) Solar System relief feature nomenclature (Номенклатура деталеи рельефа тел Солнечнои Системы) MIIGAIK.

Shingareva, K.B., Zimbelman J., Buchroithner, M.F., and Hargitai, H.I. (2005) ‘The Realization of ICA Commission Projects on Planetary Cartography’ Cartographica, vol. 40, no. 4, 105-114.

Shingareva K.B., B.V.Krasnopevtseva, James R. Zimbelman, Egon Dorrer (2005) Compilation Of A Glossary On International Terms Related  To Planetary Cartography. 

Karachevtseva I., Oberst J., Scholten F., Konopikhin А., Shingareva K., Cherepanova E., Gusakova E., Haase I., Peters O., Plescia J., Robinson M. (2013) Cartography of the Lunokhod-1 Landing Site and Traverse from LRO Image and Stereo Topographic Data. Planetary and Space Science, Vol. 85, p. 175–187. (published September 1, 2013 )

Wählisch M., Stooke P.J., Karachevtseva I.P., Kirk R., Oberst J., Willner K., Nadejdina I.A., Zubarev A.E., Konopikhin A.A., Shingareva K.B. Phobos and Deimos cartography, (2013) Phobos and Deimos cartography.  Planetary and Space Science,

IN PRINT: Hargitai, H., Li C., Zhang Z., Zuo W., Mu L., Li H., K.B. Shingareva, and V.V. Shevchenko. (2013, accepted) Chinese and Russian Language Equivalents of the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature: An Overview of Planetary Toponym Localization Methods. Cartographic Journal.

Phobos-GIS is now available from MexLab

September 12, 2013

New interactive GIS of Phobos, moon of Mars, based on new results of image processing of Mars Express data are now available online from MIIGAiK, Moscow. The GIS was presented by Irina Karachevtseva, head of MexLab at MIIGAiK, at the iCC2013 conferece.

MIIGAiK MexLab Phobos map



Interface of the digital multilayer Phobos map

Irina Karachevtseva presents MIIGAiK's results


Irina Karachevtseva presents MIIGAiK’s results



Phobos GIS:

Phobos Topographic Map (MexLab 2012)

Phobos Crater Zone Statistics:

New Hypsometric Mars Globe from Sternberg Institute

September 5, 2013

The last corrections of a new 15 cm diameter Mars Globe are being made now at Sternberg State Astronomical Institute (SAI), in cooperation with Space Research Institute in Moscow, Russia. The preliminary globes – 10 copies – has been made earlier and were presented at the ICC2013 conference.

We call it the green Mars globe (not to be confused with Green’s Mars map that happens to display greenish hues). It’s new color scheme shows subtle colors that doesn’t resemble any of the previous color schemes used in planetary cartography. This layout is a modification of an earlier map, published in 2004.

It’s worth noting that the Lunar LRO map by NASA Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio/MIT/SVS, created in 2010, used yellowish green  to represent the mare elevations for the first time in a Lunar map, giving it a much warmer appearance than the previously used light blue color.

The nomenclature on the Russian Mars globe is shown only in Latin. The globe is unique in that it is a purely cartographic product and not a photomosaic. It shows the contour lines using MOLA data at 1 km intervals (2 km intervals 8-12 km and 10 km above 12 km of height).

The globe was made using the thermoplastic technology. The original hemisphere prepared with the image is placed in the plastic molding device, and at high temperature using a metal template the hemispheres are pressed. Western and Eastern hemispheres were recut as the northern and southern hemispheres in the azimuthal projection taking into account the law of deformation occurring during forming of the p lane in the hemisphere.

The very high temperatures that occur during the process alter not only geometry but also colors. This is taken into account after the test prints were analyised.

The hypsometric map  was created at the Sternberg State Astronomical Institute (SAI) in cooperation with the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics Faculty of Geography Moscow State University; the color scheme was designed by J. Brekhovskikh (Space Research Institute)

We are looking forward to seeing the final version of these wonderful pieces of cartographic art and planetary science.

The online virtual globe version is now available from the Virtual Globes Museum of Eötvös University, Hungary.


Zh. F. Rodionova , J. A. Brekhovskikh [Родионова Ж.Ф., Бреховских Ю.А]  (2013) Hypsometric Globe of Mars – 3D Model of the Planet (#610) . ICC 2013, Dresden.

Ilyukhina J.A., Rodionova Zh.F. (2004) Gipsometricheskaya karta Marsa. 1:26 000 000. Moscow, Nauka.

Новая карта рельефа Марса

Hypsometric globe of Mars 2013

The test version of the 21-cm-diameter thermoplastic globe. 68 copies have been produced in 2012.

Hypsometric globe of Mars - originals

The originals that were molded onto the spheres.


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