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Moon Zoo Launched—Help Map the Moon :) May 12, 2010

Posted by Nick Azer in Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter, Moon Zoo, selenography.

An awesome new citizens science project from Zooniverse has now launched— Moon Zoo!

Using images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Moon Zoo project recruits you to help point out significant lunar craters and items of interest from a wide variety of landscapes. Randomly selecting LRO images for each user to analyze, Moon Zoo gives you a chance to pick up some cool lunar geology (and selenography) expertise on the fly while hunting for everything from boulder fields to the remains of spacecraft :)

You can even see on the “My Moon Zoo” page where the images you’ve inspected are located—on a map that, being from hi-def LRO images, gives some spectacular zoom! Crack open Google Earth’s Moon View and get a headstart on your mental lunar atlas :) (Turns out some of the most interesting images from my first batch were from near Aristarchus!)

It’s a lot of fun! Check out that video above for a tutorial, go sign up, and get your lunar nerd on :)


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