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About us

The Digital Museum of Planetary Mapping is maintained by the International Cartographic Association Commission on Planetary Cartography.

Contact email: planetarymap[at]gmail.com.

Editor: Henrik Hargitai

Co-Editors: Ton Lindeman, Mateusz Pitura

What’s included and what’s not

The Museum keeps both historical and recent maps.

The maps published within the USGS planetary mapping series are not included. Thematic maps that were made to illustrate a specific theme for a research paper are not included; however, thematic maps produced for a research paper that show a global phenomenon or are generic maps of a region, are included in the collection.

Dynamic maps are not included: at this moment, we only collect static maps.


The Museum’s logo uses the New Horizons’ blue atmosphere photo of Pluto.

Copyright Disclaimer

The editor and publisher gratefully acknowledge the permission granted to reproduce the copyright materials in the Digital Museum of Planetary Mapping.

Russian / Cyrillic maps were provided or scanned / photographed at the MIGAiK Extraterrestrial Lab Library, Moscow, with permission.

Hungarian maps were provided by the Eötvös Loránd University Cosmic Materials Space Research Group, with permission.

Scans of a part of international historic maps were provided by Ton Lindemann, with permission.

Maps published in the USA before 1923 have expired copyrights and are in the public domain.  In addition, works published before 1964 that did not have their copyrights renewed 28 years after first publication year also are in the public domain.

Manuscripts from authors who died before 1945 are in the public domain as of 2015.

Works First Published Outside the U.S. before 1923 are in the public domain.

All NASA publications are in the public domain, as NASA is a government agency. Similarly, USGS maps have no copyright.

Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders and to obtain their permission for the use of copyright material. We apologize for any errors and would be grateful if notified of any corrections that should be incorporated in future revisions of this website.



The maps in our collection were not made by us, they are all third party products.

Copyrighted maps: Please contact the original copyright holders. We cannot issue any republication rights from our websites.

Non-copyrighted/public domain maps whose analogue (print) version was scanned or photographed by us: Permission is granted for noncommercial use.

Non-copyrighted/public domain maps with original pdf or original digital image: Probably no permission is needed, however, we advise you to contact the authors.

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