Lunar and Planetary Mapping and Modeling

The Lunar and Planetary Mapping and Modeling Project has created an online set of capabilities and tools that will allow anyone with an Internet connection to search through, view, and analyze a vast number of lunar and planetary images and other digital products. The data and tools available through the project website will allow researchers to perform in-depth analyses to support mission planning and system design for lunar and planetary exploration and science missions. It will permit detailed scientific analysis and discovery and open additional educational and outreach opportunities.

Polar Stereo Data Set

The Polar Optical Lunar Analog Reconstruction (POLAR) dataset seeks to recreate the imaging conditions on the Poles of the Moon for stereo vision evaluation. A common framework for stereo vision researchers provides: (1) understanding and reproduction of polar/airless optical conditions in a laboratory setting, (2) a library of stereo images for algorithm development complete with ground truth, and (3) metrics and standards for comparative evaluation. The complete dataset comprises 12 terrain experiments – featuring over 2500 HDR stereo pairs and 12GB of sensor data, supplemented with ground truth, radiometric calibrations, and registration information.

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal

The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal is a record of the lunar surface operations conducted by the six pairs of astronauts who landed on the Moon from 1969 through 1972. The Journal is intended as a resource for anyone wanting to know what happened during the missions and why. It includes a corrected transcript of all recorded conversations between the lunar surface crews and Houston. The Journal also contains extensive, interwoven commentary by the Editor and by ten of the twelve moonwalking astronauts.

Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project

The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) is a NASA project to digitize data tapes from the five 1966 and 1967 Lunar Orbiter spacecraft that were sent to the Moon. Below is an archive of released images and reports.

Planetary Data System

The Planetary Data System (PDS) archives and distributes scientific data from NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements. The PDS is sponsored by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Its purpose is to ensure the long-term usability of NASA data and to stimulate advanced research.

Meteor Crater On-line Atlas

The Space Shuttle and International Space Station orbit the Earth at different inclinations and altitudes, providing different views of the Earth’s surface. Astronauts take advantage of variable fields-of-view with different exchangeable lenses and camera bodies, different look-angles (depending on the geometry of the overpass of an area), and changing illumination from the sun on successive passes. From that database of astronaut photography, several images of the Meteor Crater and the surrounding region have been captured.

Lunar and Planetary Institute – Lunar Science and Exploration

USGS Astrogeology Science Center

NASA Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office

Moon Phase and Libration, 2018

ELS 2019

Observe the Moon 2019

NESF 2019

ISRU 2019

Lunar Landing Workshop

SSERVI Team Science

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The lunar "dust" is made mostly of tiny jagged fragments of volcanic glass.

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