There Are No Weekends on Mars


Map of Libraries on Mars


We are proud to present the Map of Libraries on Mars.

If you happen to land on Mars and feel bored, perhaps terribly bored, and lonely, too – no worries! Just go and find the Phoenix Lander equipped with the First Library on Mars. This unique facility offers books, and its multimedia collection includes radio broadcasts, artworks, and greetings from prominent space scientists.

The full catalog of the library is below.

Attention, astronauts! Please, return the borrowed items within 2 weeks. Multimedia items cannot be renewed, sorry.

For a high resolution Map of Libraries of Mars, click here.

Ah, yes. We had some budget cuts so you have to bring your own DVD-ROM player. Sorry about the inconvenience this may cause.


Handle with care!     Hand by author. DVD by Planetary Society.


The Catalog of the First Library on Mars.

Book collection

Author Title Date
Abe Kobo The Special Envoy
Aitmatov, Chingiz The Day Lasts More than 100 years 1983
Aldiss, Brian The Difficulties of Photographing Nix Olympica 1986
Anderson, Poul The Martian Crown Jewels 1958
Aramaki Yoshio Soft Clocks
Arnold, Edwin L. Gulliver of Mars (excerpt) 1905
Ash, Fenton A Trip to Mars (excerpt) 1909
Asimov, Isaac I’m in Marsport Without Hilda 1957
Asimov, Isaac The Martian Way 1952
Asimov, Isaac The Romance of Mars (excerpt) 1971
Bear, Greg A Martian Ricorso 1976
Ballard, J.G. The Time Bomb 1963
Benford, Gregory All the Beer on Mars 1988
Binder, Eando Via Etherline 1937
Bogdanov, Alexander Red Star 1908
Bova, Ben Mars 1993
Brackett, Leigh 2038:  The Road to Sinharat 1963
Bradbury, Ray The Martian Chronicles 1950
Brown, Fredric The Last Martian 1950
Burroughs, E.R. A Princess of Mars (excerpt) 1917
Clarke, Arthur C. Transit of Earth 1951
Clarke, Arthur C. The Sands of Mars 1951
Delany, Samuel High Weir 1968
Derleth, August The Martian Artifact 1957
Dick, Philip K. We Can Remember It for You Wholesale 1966
Dick, Steven Back to the Future 1993
Disch, Thomas The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (excerpt) 1988
Dorsey, Candas Jane Johnny Appleseed on the New World 1985
Dunsany, Lord Mars on the Ether 1937
Eco, Umberto I tre cosmonauti 1989
Fast, Howard The Martian Shop 1959
Friedman, Louis Afterword to Visions of Mars 1996
Gallun, Raymond Z. Old Faithful 1934
Greg, Percy Across the Zodiac (excerpt) 1880
Harrison, Harry One Step from Earth 1970
Hillegas, Mark R. Martians and Mythmakers:  1877-1938 1970
Hoyle, Fred The Martians 1967
Ishikawa Takashi The Road to the Sea
Kazantsev, Alexander The Martian 1962
Kazantsev, Alexander A Visitor from Outer Space 1962
Kline, Otis Adelbert The Swordsman of Mars (excerpt) 1933
Koch, Howard The Panic Broadcast 1970
Lasswitz, Kurd Auf Zwei Planeten (excerpt) 1897
Le Rouge, Gustave Le prisonnier de la planet Mars 1908
Lowell, Percival Mars as the Abode of Life (excerpt) 1909
McDonald, Ian The Catharine Wheel 1983
Merril, J. Kornbluth C. Outpost Mars 1952
Miller, P. Schuyler The Cave 1934
Mitsuse Ryu The Sunset, 2217 A.D.
Moorcock, Michael Mars 1988
Moore, C.L. Dust of Gods 1934
Newman, Kim Famous Monsters 1988
Niven, Larry The Hole Man 1973
Owen, Tobias Science versus Fiction 1993
Piper, H. Beam Omnilingual 1957
Pohl, Frederik The Martian Star-Gazers 1962
Pope, Gustavus W. Journey to Mars (excerpt) 1894
Robinson, Kim Stanley Green Mars 1985
Rosny, J. Heinz Les navigateurs de l’infini 1925
Russell, Bertrand Planetary Effulgence 1961
Sagan, Carl Cosmos (excerpt) 1980
Schiaparelli, Giovanni Report on Canali 1877
Serviss, Garrett P. Edison’s Conquest on Mars 1898
Shklovskii, Iosef Are the Moons of Mars Artificial Satellites? 1966
Simak, Clifford Hermit of Mars 1939
Sinisalo, Johanna PunatShti 1990
Stapledon, Olaf Last and First Men (exerpt) 1930
Steele, Allen Live from Mars Hotel 1988
Stoff, Joshua The Voyage of the Ruslan 1986
Strugatsky, A. & B. The Second Invasion from Mars 1979
Sturgeon, Theodore The Man Who Lost the Sea 1959
Sturgeon, Theodore The Martian and the Moron 1949
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver’s Travel 1726
Tolstoi, Alexei Aelita 1922
Van Vogt, A.E. Enchanted Village 1950
Varley, John In the Hall of the Martian Kings 1976
Voltaire Micromegas 1752
Vonnegut, Kurt The Sirens of Titan (excerpt) 1959
Watt-Evans, Lawrence Windwagon Smith and the Martian 1989
Weinbaum, Stanley G. A Martian Odyssey 1934
Wells, H.G. The War of the Worlds (excerpt) 1889
Wicks, Mark To Mars Via the Moon (excerpt) 1911
Williamson, Jack Nonstop to Mars 1939
Zelazny, Roger A Rose for Ecclesiastes 1963


Multimedia collection

Title Year
Introduction to Mars Radio 1996
War of the Worlds 1938
Wells and Welles 1940
The Viking Landings 1976


Artwork collection

Artist Title Year
Frank R. Paul Martian Science Fiction
Iwasaki Kazuaki Twin Peaks
Peter Kovalev Olga Kovaleva Experiment
Paul Fouché Le lever du soleil sur les canaux de Mars 1884
Alvim-Correa Martian Fighting Machines 1898
W. R. Leigh The Things that Live on Mars 1908
Artist Unknown The First Message from Mars 1909
Winsor McCay Little Nemo in Slumberland 1910
Frank Schoonover A Princess of Mars 1917
Artist Unkown Aelita 1924
Lucian Rudaux Les dÄsertiques sur Mars 1928
Universal Pictures Mars Attack the World 1936
Artist Unknown A Martian at his Radio Set 1937
Allen Anderson Queen of the Martian Catacombs 1949
Clifford N. Geary Red Planet 1949
Richard Powers Outpost Mars 1952
Wally Wood Weird Science 1953
Chuck Jones I claim this planet in the name of Mars! 1953
Chesley Bonestell Mars from Deimos 1953
Chesley Bonestell Arrival at Mars Orbit 1953
Frank Kelly-Freas Martians Go Home! 1954
Alex Schomburg Secret of the Martian Moons 1954
Ed Emschwiller Follow Me … 1955
Paramount Pictures Corporation Robinson Crusoe on Mars 1964
Andrei Sokolov Alexei Leonov Cosmosdrome on Phobos 1970
Andrei Sokolov Alexei Leonov Approaching Mars 1970
Rick Sternbach “Special Velikovsky Issue” of analog magazine 1976
Ludek Pesek Approaching Dust Storm on Mars
Vincent di Fate The War of the Worlds 1978
Donald E. Davis Mars from Deimos 1978
Anne Norcia Valles Marineris 1978
David A. Hardy Terraformed Mars from Base on Phobos 1982
Ezra Orion Proposal for sculpture on Mars 1982
Roger Dean The War of the Worlds 1984
Robert T. McCall Pioneering the Space Frontier
Vyacheslav Davidov Phobos mission 1987
Arthur Gilbert Phobos Encounter 1987
Jon Lomberg East Meets West (and Goes to Mars) 1987
William K. Hartman Aerial View of Mars 1988
Pamela Lee Together to Mars 1988
Michael Whelan The Martian Chronicles 1989
Paramount Pictures Corporation Enterprise Dedication Plaque 1989
Lilika Papanicolaou Sunset on Mars 1989
Adam Hughes Mark Nelson Martian Manhunter 1990
Paul Maker David Scharf Nanolithograph of Viking lander 1991
Beth Avary Together… 1991
Ron Miller Dust Devils on Mars 1992
Michael Carroll Russian Rover 1992
Paul Hudson Where Next, Columbus? 1992
Carter Emmart Farewell Tom, We Yield Not 1992
Don Dixon Red Mars 1993
Carlitos Cruz Peace of the Worlds 1993
Greg Cooper The Moon over Mars 1993
Dominic Terlizzi 1993
James Yeh A Sunrise at Olympus Mons 1993
Courtney Wilson Aliens of the Future 1993
Aaron Madriaga The Dawn of a New Era 1993
Neil Lande Mars Observers 1993
Samina Ashrof 1993
Margo Anderson Mars in Space 1993
Daniel McConnell Mars of Tomorrow 1993A6A1:D66
Peter Zorin Mars Rover 1993
Dusty Duvall Mars City 1993

Winners of the Exploration Zone Competition

Mars Exploration Zone Map Design Competition –  Winners

In Young Professional category:
1st place: Eian Ray (USA – Eastern Valles Marineris)
2nd place: Jonathan Ocon (USA – Acheron Fossae)
3rd place: JJ Moran (USA – Huygens Crater)
Honorable Mention: Matthew Leach (UK)

In University Student category:
1st place: Mateusz Pitura (Poland – Hebrus Valles)
2nd place: Brandon Zegiel, Gary Brown, David Brown, and Larry Lang (USA – Viking)
3rd place: Amy Wootton (South Africa – Noachis Terra)

In Middle and High School Student category:
Winner: Sujit Lakshmikanth (USA – Mawrth Vallis)

In Citizen Scientist and Professional category:
Winner: Camillo Battistioli (Italy – Acheron Fossae)

Congratulations to all the Mars mappers from three continents!

Call for papers / ICC2017, Washington, D.C.

The deadline for submission at the ICC2017 (July 2-7) conference is approaching.
We encourage you to submit an abstract or paper or both.
ICC2017 will be held in Washington, D.C., so we expect more planetary scientists than ever before). Participants will have the opportunity to visit the world famous Smithsonian Museum(s) just a few corners away from the Capitolium and the White House, the African American History Museum that opened today, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, including the Udvar-Hazy Center which has a copy of the solar system-famous Voyager golden record.and the Pioneer plaque. 
We will have three events related to planetary cartography:
—->  A workshop on before the conference (details later) <—–
—->  A business meeting of our commission <—–
—->  Regular Conference talks and posters <—–
Our theme is: T39  Planetary, extrasolar, and celestial cartography.
Please note that themes now include extrasolar and celestial cartography as we expand our theme to other celestial realms.
These are the important dates:

October 26, 2016  – Submission of Abstract and Papers
January 10, 2017 – Notification of acceptance
January 31, 2017 – Submission of Final Manuscripts

We are also happy to receive suggestions on what you would like to learn in our workshop, or if you would volunteer to give a talk at the workshop.
Here is the web address of the conference

Planetary Mappers Meeting 2016: Program

The program of this year’s planetary mappers meeting is now available online.

The talks will include the presentation of the first field geologic maps on another planetgeomorphic maps of Titan and a geologic map of Charon. Posters include a superdetailed study of dunes in Ius Chasma and an exciting study of the Undifferentiated Plains of Titan.

The meeting will take place in Flagstaff, AZ, on June 13-15.

MExLab Summer School “Planetary Cartography and Image Processing”

The Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAIK) Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) invites You to attend its

Third MExLab Summer School


June, 28-30, 2016, MExLab, auditorium № 155


(Note that all lectures will be in Russian)

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The 2nd Shingareva Workshop at MIIGAiK

On May 23, 2016, in the Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK) at MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) the Second Scientific meeting in memory of Kira Borisovna Shingareva took place. At the meeting a new Phobos Atlas was presented. The Phobos Atlas was created by Laboratory’s team and dedicated to the memory of K.B. Shingareva and L.M. Bugaevskiy, who made significant contributions to planetary mapping.


K.B. Shingareva and L.M. Bugaevskiy – Russian cartographers, whose participation helped to develop the first Russian maps and globe of Phobos

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Counting the craters of the Moon

Stuart Robbins of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder does that others don’t even dare to start: he counts the craters of the Moon.


How many craters are there on the moon?

“It’s a question that cannot be answered.  You have to define a diameter first.  And once you do, any number quoted must be taken with the caveat that every individual will vary in what they consider to be an impact crater (e.g., Robbins et al., 2014).  Based on how I identify craters (which appears to be similar to many others in the field), I can say there are about 9300 craters larger than 15 km on the moon — I’ve mapped all of these, globally. My projection for craters ≥1 km on the moon is approximately 1.1 million.  There are several ways to estimate this based on the areas I’ve completed so far (35% of the moon — see this poster), but in the end, a simple linear extrapolation at this point is about as good as a more detailed one based on fraction of maria versus highlands.  I should know the answer in a few months.”
Is there any crowd-sourcing involved or you are counting one by one? 
“I am involved with a crowd-sourcing crater effort (CosmoQuest), but this global moon database is only me, it does not involve any crowd-sourcing.”


For morphological attributes, if there will be funding, are you going to inspect all craters individually or is there an automation for that?
“Individually.  I am aware of one or two automated methods, but they are even worse than automated crater detection and it would be more work to correct them than to just do it all manually.”
What was the fun in this work, if any?
“To be blunt, the only fun is when it’s done and you can look back and see the fruits of your labor.  Tracing circles is incredibly tedious and boring.”
Did you have to redo some parts?
“I have re-done a few very large impacts that I originally did several years ago (in support of some CosmoQuest work).  I have also re-done parts of the south pole within a few degrees of the pole with LOLA GDR that were originally done with LROC WAC mosaics because the GDR is significantly better quality there.  I learned from that for the north pole and started with LOLA GDR rather than LROC WAC within 5° of the lunar north pole.”
Major discoveries so far or predicted using this dataset?
“I have had little time to do a look-back and actually analyze the data beyond producing basic density maps which are, at the moment, only for about 1/3 of the lunar surface.  The only thing I think I’ve found that I have not seen reported elsewhere is that the moon’s north pole is saturated with kilometer-scale secondary craters.”

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