New research on moon
Chinese scientists are illustrating a 1:2.5 million scale geological map of the Moon, a media report said on Thursday.
Ouyang Ziyuan, first chief scientist of China’s lunar exploration program, said five universities and research institutes have set quality level for digital mapping and illustrating of the Moon’s geological structure.
The map would provide statistics on geology, structure and rock types and would indicate the timeline of the Moon’s evolution.
A sketch version of the map, 4.36 metres by 2.2 metres, would be finished by 2018, and released by 2020, Xinhua news agency reported.
Lunar map making was not like drawing a map of the Earth, where scientists can go to the scene in person if they were not sure of their information. China’s satellites have captured images of the Moon, which contribute to the precision of lunar maps.
Chen Shengbo, a geologist with Jilin University in China, and his team are responsible for drawing the lunar structure outline, which was just one part of the work.