Interactive Moon Map Is The Next Best Thing To Piloting Your Own Lander

You may not be able to pilot your own personal spacecraft right into a crater on the Moon yet, but this complete interactive map from NASA of the moon's north pole — the largest, most complete map of the area ever created — is pretty close.

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Each pixel on the map is equivalent to six-and-a-half feet of lunar surface and it uses more than 10,000 snapshots of the moon in a mosaic to form a complete image of the moon's northern pole.

Just for fun, here's a shot of the lunar map superimposed onto a map of the United States. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team who made the map, says that the area covered is roughly equivalent to that of Texas and Alaska combined:

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You can check out the whole thing over at the LROC.

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That's Me!

My name is physically on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. :) Before they sent it up, NASA said that anyone could send in their name and have it inscribed on a microchip on the Orbiter. So I did. I got a certificate.

My name is physically in orbit around the moon, "helping" take these pictures. :P

This is the panel that has the names. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Rec…)