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Planetary Maps Exhibitions in the frame of the International Map Year 2015-2016




International Map Year – an event that is celebrated worldwide to celebrate the special place of maps in our society. The launch of the International year of cards, which will last until the end of 2016, took place at the conference of the International cartographic Association (ICA) in Rio de Janeiro in August 2015.

In the frame of the International Map Year celebrations, Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK) and MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) organized three cartographic exhibitions, where maps as results of the research of various celestial bodies produced by MExLab under support of the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) on the topic of "Research of fundamental geodetic parameters and relief of planets and satellites" (project № 14-22-00197). On this exhibitions demonstrated maps as results of the research of various Solar system's celestial bodies produced by MExLab:

  • Hypsometric map of the Moon.
  • Hypsometric globe of Mercury.
  • Map of relief roughness of Mercury and the Moon.
  • The Phobos atlas and Phobos wall map.
  • Maps of Lunokhod-1 and -2 routes.

 The first of the Planetary Maps Exhibitions was organized on September 24-25, 2015 in Berlin at ISPRS Working Group IV/8 „"Planetary Mapping and Spatial Databases" meeting. The Working Group focuses on the development of advanced techniques in data acquisition, processing, and analysis pertaining to the mapping of planetary bodies.


  The second Planetary Maps Exhibition was held in frame of Sixth Moscow Solar System Symposium (6M-S3) at Space Research Institute (IKI) on October 5-9, 2015. Solar System Symposium is one of the main international events in Russia on space research. Subject matter of the 6M-S3 covers various scientific problems with a central topic "Moon and Mars exploration", including future Russian missions to the Moon ("Luna-Glob" and "Luna-Resource") as well as international mission "EXOMARS", the project that is developing now in cooperation with ROSCOSMOS (Russian Space Agency) and ESA (European Space Agency).



The third Planetary Maps Exhibition timed to the 45th anniversary of the first Mobile laboratory on the Moon: "Lunokhod-1".  The exhibition took place on 10 November 2015 in Star city in frame of the XI International Scientific and Practical Conference "Manned Space Flights". A special place at the exhibition is paid to detailed maps of the moon on the routes of the Soviet Rovers, controlled remotely from Earth. 



Planetary maps published by MIIGAiK in support of the RSF,

were presented to the participants of scientific conferences!



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