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General Astronomy

USGS Astrogeology Science Center- Background Information
Looking for information on the moon, Mars, or impact craters? The Flagstaff Science Center is home to USGS astrogeology research. Take a special look at the Education and Outreach portion of the site for information, lesson plans, and activities that are "out of this world!"

Map-a-Planet- Activity
Explore global imagery of the planets and satellites from a variety of missions in an easy-to-use Web interface. Customize and download your own free image maps of the Moon, Mars, Venus, and other planets and moons. Select global mosaic products and have them map projected, clipped to extents, run algebra functions against the image bands and download the final image in your choice of file formats.

Maps from the Astrogeology program- Maps
A prime activity of the USGS Astrogeology program is the systematic mapping of the stratigraphy and structure of the Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, and the moons of the outer planets. This site is an index of those maps, covering both global and regional areas. Many can be downloaded for free in PDF format. To purchase printed maps, browse the available selection at the USGS Store.   

USGS Planetary GIS Web Server (PIGWAD)- Activity
A user-friendly interface that supports GIS tools for analyses of planetary data. PIGWAD includes planetary GIS databases consisting of digital geologic maps, feature maps, topography, and remote-sensing data. All downloads are free. Also links to the Global GIS database for Earth.

Planetary Image Locator Tool (PILOT)- Activity
A web-based tool for access to NASA spacecraft images of the Moon and Mars. PILOT allows users to perform detailed searches to explore data sets archived from NASA space missions.

Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature- Background Information
Maintained by the USGS in cooperation with NASA and the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Download shapefiles or KML files of all named features for each planet and moon.

Regional Planetary Image Facility- Videos and Photos
The USGS was heavily involved in planning and practicing for the Apollo Moon missions. Historical videos, photographs, and online exhibits of this fascinating time are archived here. There is also a database of about 900 published lunar and planetary paper maps of the I-Map and SIM-map series.