New Geologic Map of Mars
This week, the 8th “International Conference on Mars” is taking place at Caltech in Pasadena: a full week of all things Mars.
The last International Mars Conference took place 7 years ago, so it’s been a long time since this community has gotten together to look over all the newly collected data and try to project future research directions all in one place.
To go along with the start of that conference, NASA and the USGS have released a brand new, enormously detailed geologic map of Mars. It combines data taken from all sorts of efforts: from Viking all the way up to the modern Mars Reconnaissance orbiter mission.
Sources of error from previous maps, like dealing with the atmosphere and dust cover, have been dealt with in improved ways.
This is now the most detailed, accurate geologic map of any planet other than Earth in the solar system.
Image credit and full (35 mb) pdf file:http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3292/
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