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Topographic mapping of the Moon

January 1, 1985

Contour maps of the Moon have been compiled by photogrammetric methods that use stereoscopic combinations of all available metric photographs from the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions. The maps utilize the same format as the existing NASA shaded-relief Lunar Planning Charts (LOC-1, -2, -3, and -4), which have a scale of 1:2 750 000. The map contour interval is 500m. A control net derived from Apollo photographs by Doyle and others was used for the compilation. Contour lines and elevations are referred to the new topographic datum of the Moon, which is defined in terms of spherical harmonics from the lunar gravity field. Compilation of all four LOC charts was completed on analytical plotters from 566 stereo models of Apollo metric photographs that cover approximately 20% of the Moon. This is the first step toward compiling a global topographic map of the Moon at a scale of 1:5 000 000. ?? 1985 D. Reidel Publishing Company.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1985
Title Topographic mapping of the Moon
DOI 10.1007/BF00054173
Authors S.S.C. Wu
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Earth, Moon and Planets
Series Number
Index ID 70012797
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization