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 presents the Chinese Lunar maps
The Moon and its placenames as you have never seen before
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. https://planetcarto.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/419_proceeding.pdf
Interactive map: The Chang’E-2 digital lunar map is available online freely at http://184.108.40.206:8080/CE2release/cesMain.jsp
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 http://220.127.116.11:7779/CE1OutENGWeb/. Note, that according to the Chinese regulations, only some processed data are open to the public, others have to be requested.