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1971 U.S. Geologic Map of the Moon
January 10, 2010 3:36 PM   Subscribe

A colorful vintage geological survey of the moon, from the U.S. Department of the Interior. This image has a key to the colors.
posted by jjray (17 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
Very cool. Here's the whole thing.
posted by gubo at 3:44 PM on January 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hooray for geology! The meteorite impacts make some some spectacular maps. What I wouldn't give to go on a mapping trip there...
posted by twirlypen at 3:57 PM on January 10, 2010


Holy crap those are pretty! Fantastic post. The colours are such a subdued pastel psychedelia, I am seriously considering looking into have a few printed up.
posted by kaspen at 3:57 PM on January 10, 2010


Hey, we got this printed and framed for my father in law for Christmas!
posted by gaspode at 4:37 PM on January 10, 2010


What I've never understood is why there are maria on our side, but not on the other side. Anyone know?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:09 PM on January 10, 2010


Chocolate Pickle,

Excellent question. Scientists don't understand why either.
posted by lukemeister at 5:34 PM on January 10, 2010


Well, I'm gonna guess it has to do with one side being shielded from asteroid impacts.
posted by empath at 7:33 PM on January 10, 2010


empath,

The Moon is too far from the Earth for that to be much of a factor.
posted by lukemeister at 8:25 PM on January 10, 2010


why there are maria on our side, but not on the other side

because it isn't well lit enough for aliens to take pot shots at?
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 12:26 AM on January 11, 2010


think that's cool? try the photograph. (full-color photo of the moon, actual colors, enhanced with image stacking)
posted by sexyrobot at 12:33 AM on January 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


also: a false-color image from the galileo probe
posted by sexyrobot at 2:02 AM on January 11, 2010


I have some of these printed out to frame. I love the abstract quality of the impact crater patterns.
posted by caution live frogs at 4:35 AM on January 11, 2010


Great album title and cover image: The North Side of the Moon.
posted by etc. at 8:32 AM on January 11, 2010


The US Department of the Interior is in charge of the moon?
Is there something we need to know?
You guys didn't bring the moon back with you, did you?
posted by The Ultimate Olympian at 8:37 AM on January 11, 2010


Desktop images for life!!
posted by cmoj at 11:06 AM on January 11, 2010


Amazing post!

You should all know, though, that Google Moon (within Google Earth at least) allows you to see highly detailed scans of the moon's geology, overlaid on the moon's surface and as sheet maps. Go there now - great stuff.
posted by paperpete at 12:04 PM on January 11, 2010


Random question: How big an asteroid would it take to break up the moon a la Thundarr the Barbarian?
posted by empath at 2:29 PM on January 11, 2010


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