Here is the most detailed geological map of the Moon

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have just published in the journal Science Bulletin a new geological map of the Moonmore accurate than previous versions.

This new map incorporates all the results obtained by the various lunar missions that have taken place so far, including the American Apollo missions and the Chinese missions of the Chang’e project who brought back valuable and new samples from hitherto unexplored regions of our satellite.

This precision map, at a scale of 1:2,500,000, lists in particular more than 12,300 craters, 81 impact basins, 17 different types of rock and 14 types of notable geological structures. It should allow scientists to better understand the geological evolution of the Moon and in particular the chronology of the processes that have impacted its surface (volcanism, impacts). It should also help define new sites of interest for future exploration missions.

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