Newsletter 2

PLANETARY CARTOGRAPHY NEWSLETTER 2.

ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography

3/29/2016

UPCOMING EVENTS IN PLANETARY CARTOGRAPHY

EGU2016 – Vienna, Austria, 17–22 April 2016

New missions and techniques for planetary exploration

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/pico/20373

Training: Photogrammetric Processing of Planetary Stereo Imagery using ISIS and SOCET SET®

July 25-27, 2016, Flagstaff? AZ.

http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/facilities/photogrammetry-guest-facility

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SELECTION OF THE PLANETARY GEOLOGICAL MAPS AND PROJECTS DISPLAYED AT LPSC2016

V. Galluzzi reported on the merging of 3 quadrangles of the new geological map of Mercury produced in preparation of the ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission, from MESSENGER data, in Italy. The map will be published later in the Journal of Maps.

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2016/pdf/2119.pdf

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The completion of the first global map of Mercury was reported. The map will be part of the USGS geological map series.

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2016/pdf/1245.pdf

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C. Runyon displayed tactile maps of planets and the Moon.

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2016/pdf/2241.pdf

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Quadrangles from the ongoing Ceres geological mapping were shown. This is a project similar in scale to the Vesta mapping earlier. Lessons learned from Vesta mapping can be read here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0019103514001183

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The New Horizon Team’s Sputnik Planum geological map was presented by O. White: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2016/pdf/2479.pdf

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A new, color-coded shaded relief map of Mercury was presented by KJ Becker. The map will be released later this May.

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2016/pdf/2959.pdf

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S. Robbins reported on the current state of the global crater catalog of the Moon that will include all craters larger than 1 km. http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2016/pdf/1525.pdf

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T. Öhman of the Arctic Planetary Science Institute in Finland reported on the geomorphologic sketch mapping of the fresh lunar crater Eimmart A.

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2016/pdf/1948.pdf

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J. Liu and colleagues from China presented information about their project to produce a 30-quadrangle geological map of the Moon at 1:2.5M scale. They also proposed a revision of the lunar timescale.

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2016/pdf/2039.pdf

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2016/pdf/1744.pdf

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K Debniak and O Kromuszczynska presented their geomorphological map focusing on landslide deposits of Ius Chasma. This work is done at the Planetary Geology Lab of the Institute of Geological Sciences at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2016/pdf/1890.pdf

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The LPSC meeting also hosted a special section about the newly formed Mapping and Planetary Spatial Information Team (MAPSIT), a community-based strategic and oversight body for planetary mapping. The 15 members of its steering committee represent US universities (7 members), the USGS (7 members) and NASA (1 member). With this new term in their name, this group broadens its subject area to various fields related to planetary cartography. In their definition: “Planetary Spatial Infrastructure is the technology, policies, standards, human resources, software tools, and related activities necessary to acquire, process, distribute, use, maintain, and preserve planetary spatial data for science and exploration.”.

END OF ISSUE 2

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Four maps of The Martian

We have collected four maps showing the traverse of The Martian movie.

1. The NASA / American map

Available in NASA’s MarsTrek webGIS platform as separate layer

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2. The DRL / German map

Produced by DLR in Berlin, using data from ESA’s MarsExpress.

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3. The Ordnance Survey / British map

Made by Florian Kneilmann, who modified the original, new Ordnance Survey map published in Flickr.

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4. The ICA / International map

That was our contribution.

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Planetary cartography at EGU2016

The program of EGU 2016 has been published today. Planetary cartography-related topics will be presented during the “New missions and techniques for planetary explorationPICO session, in which speakers will have 2 minutes to present their ideas. These sessions are called “2-minutes-madness” by the PICO inventors. We note that PICO is a registered trademark and their video explaining what it is about is exactly 3 minutes and 20 seconds long.