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Mapping the Surfaces of Our Solar System

4 May 2020, 15:19 UTC
Mapping the Surfaces of Our Solar System NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Arizona

It was not all that long ago that a “map” of our  moon, of Mars, of a large asteroid such as Vesta, of Titan, or of any hard-surfaced object in our solar system would have some very general outlines, some very large features identified,  and then the extraterrestrial equivalent of the warning on Earth maps of yore that beyond a certain point “there be dragons.” Constructing a map of the topography and geology of a distant surface requires deep understanding and data and lot of hard work.

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