NASA Pre-Releases Next Edition of Google Moon

I’m only slightly exaggerating, I suspect, with the title.  The Lunar Mapping and Modeling Project at NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center has released an online tool that bears a strong resemblance to Google Moon.  But as you might expect, the NASA tool is at a much higher resolution and more extensive in its reach (among other things, the polar regions are covered).  Besides the nifty Moon map there are two different Geographic Information System (GIS) tools that can be used to facilitate 3D simulation and detailed map creation.

Unlike some of the other space-related viewing tools featured here, there isn’t a set goal or series of targets that NASA want folks to look for.  It is similar to those kinds of crowdsourcing research projects in that a previously inaccessible resources is now open for the public.  And that’s a good thing.