China’s “Google Moon” is online

Chinese planetary cartographer Lingli Mu has presented today the new results from Chang’E-2 lunar spacecraft at the ICC2013 conference in Dresden.

This is a major step making lunar research and mapping more international than ever. The global photomosaic and color-coded elevation maps are now available in a digital, Google Earth-like interface. The results were already published during the last few years as Atlases (a Photomosaic and a Topographic Atlas) and Globes. All these products display lunar names in both Latin and Chinese versions. Work of the Chinese Gazetteer of Lunar Placenames are coordinated by the National Astronomical Observatories (NAOC).


Lingli Mu presenting Chinese results at ICC2013

Lingli Mu presents the Chinese Lunar maps

The Moon and its placenames as you have never seen before


Chang'E Topographic Map


Chang’E digital topographic map


More information and access to data

Paper: “A New Mapping Method for the Moon With the Chang’E-1 Data” by Lingli Mu, Chunlai Li , Jianjun Liu, Xin Ren, and Xiaoduan Zou.

Interactive map: The Chang’E-2 digital lunar map is available online freely at

Images (via “Lunar Exploration Data Release System”): Original, high resolution data and imagery from Chang’E-1 and Chang’E-2, including global 50-m resolution image and DEM mosaic; and derived products (e.g., full resolution maps) are available at Note, that according to the Chinese regulations, only some processed data are open to the public, others have to be requested.