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Moon Information via the NASA Open Data Portal

Moon Information via the NASA Open Data Portal   https://data.nasa.gov/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What did the Apollo 12 landing site look like from the surface?
  • What might lunar litter look like?
  • Where can I find geologic maps of the moon?

Description:

Links to imagery and other data about the moon that will help writers accurately describe terrain and lunar locations. Some of the more interesting sets are (Descriptions from website):

  • Lunar Sample Display Locations – A database of every location around the planet holding returned lunar samples from the Apollo missions.
  • Lunar Map Catalog – The Lunar Map Catalog includes various maps of the moon’s surface, including Apollo landing sites; earthside, farside, and polar charts; photography index maps; zone mosaics; shaded relief; topographic; and a geologic atlas.
  • Apollo Surface Panoramas – Apollo Surface Panoramas is a digital library of photographic panoramas that the Apollo astronauts took while exploring the Moon’s surface. These images provide a spectacular boots-on-the-ground view of the lunar landscape. The panoramas are stitched together from individual 70mm Hasselblads
  • Apollo Image Atlas – The Apollo Image Atlas is a comprehensive collection of Apollo-Saturn mission photography. Included are almost 25,000 lunar images, both from orbit and from the moon’s surface, as well as photographs of the earth, astronauts and mission hardware.

Story Idea:

The Lunar Sample Display Location database could be used as a way to set a location for a moon rock heist story.

 

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