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9 Breathtaking Maps of the Moon

Mapping the Moon

The moon is the nearest celestial body to earth in the solar system. Besides providing light at night it also controls the tides. An incredibly important object in history along with mythology, many works of art have also been inspired by it. As such, drawings and maps of the moon have been prevalent throughout history and show up relatively early in the history of cartography. Many of these maps capture the beauty and mystery of the object itself. Still, NASA and other organizations like the United States Geographical Survey continue to make new maps of the moon and discover new things in the process. Here is a brief history of mapping the moon over the past 500 years.

1647 Map of the Moon

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1679 Cassini Map of the Moon

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Riccoli Map of the Moon

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1910 Goodacre Map of the Moon

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Goodacre Map of the Moon Piece

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Lunar Poles

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USGS Map of the Moon

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USGS  Topographic Map of the Moon

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Nasa's New Gravity Map of the Moon Gravity

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