NASA Lunar Chart LPC-1


Scale 1:10M

Third edition, February 2016

Two sheets: albedo (photomosaic) and DTM (colored hillshade)

Dataset: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera photomosaic / GLD100 DTM

Publisher: ASU

Second edition, 1979

Publisher: U.S. Defense Mapping Agency


1st Edition, March 1970 

Prepared by the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center, United States Air Force, under the direction of the Department of Defense.

Price: 50 cents

Size: 26 x 38 in

LPC-1 was mosaicked from three 1:5M LMP-series charts (Lunar Earth Side, Far Side, Polar Charts).

“A special NASA edition of LPC-1 was issued in August 1970 in support of the 14th IAU General Assembly. Overprinted in purple were unofficial IAU names proposed by the IAU Lunar Nomenclature Committee. This special edition was printed in limited quantities and only file copies remain in existence.” (Source)

This edition contained the English names of major features that were removed in the next edition. It did not contain any landing sites yet. LPC-1 did not display any NASA logos.

(Images from the map collection of Stanford University)



Fun fact:  This map shown above, sold for $16,100, was signed by a member from each Apollo crew that either flew to or landed on the Moon during missions that occurred between 1969 to 1972, the last year of the manned lunar program.
To represent their lunar orbit or lunar fly-by mission, the chart has been signed and inscribed by Stafford and Haise with: “Tom Stafford, Apollo X CDR [Commander]” and “Fred Haise, Apollo 13 LMP [Lunar Module Pilot]”, along white bottom border. Lunar landing crew members have each marked their landing area then signed and inscribed with: “Buzz Aldrin, Apollo XI LMP; Alan Bean, Apollo XII LMP; Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 LMP; Dave Scott, Apollo 15 CDR; Charles M. Duke, Jr., Apollo 16 LMP”; and “Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 CDR”. (Source)


Quilled Spiral Moon

Artist-cartographer: Jennifer Grier

Title: Spiral Moon

Material, method: 1/4″ paper strips of 4 grey shades rolled into small circles, quilling

Date: 2016

Size: 8″

On display: DPS/EPSC 2016, Pasadena, CA

Awards: Little Circles 3RD Annual Quilling Contest, 2nd place

More information on how it was created


This quilled Moon is the work of lunar scientist – author – artist Jennifer Grier. The background is an actual photograph. In this work, Grier balanced scientific accuracy with design and artistic needs “to evoke the Moon in more of an emotional fashion.”

Different shades are used to represent (from dark to bright) maria, mixed areas, the highlands, and rayed craters.

Images from J. Grier’s blog, used with permission.





Relief Dome of Enceladus with Active Plumes

Creative Director: Dan Goods
Sculptor: Joby Harris
Technical Integration: Shawn Jackson
Fabricator: Fernando Escala at E Creative Group



The Enceladus Half Dome exhibited at DPS/EPSC Pasadena, 2016.

Description: a working 3D relief model of Enceladus, showing active water vapor geysers/plumes.

Cartography: The model was sculpted as close to being topographically correct as possible. The cartographic base was the Enceladus photomosaic map from the Cassini mission.

Project idea: The Half Dome was made to the request of planetary scientists working on Saturn / the Cassini Team.

Material, technique: The Enceladus Half Dome was sculpted in clay spread over a large 55” foam half dome. The clay half dome was then molded and recreated in fiberglass.  Inside the base that the model sits on are two tanks with vibrating ceramic discs inside that create a soft mist out of water. Small fans equally controlled by an automatic timer pull the mist up through ventilation tubes and out of small holes in crevices sculpted on the Enceladus model surface.

Different phases of the Dome’s construction. 

Carving Out the Face of the Moon

A relief map of a portion of the Moon / Artist’s book 

Author: Jamie Molaro

Material: PhD Thesis



The author’s comments: “This book is my PhD thesis, which focuses on the breakdown of boulders on the Moon due to diurnal thermally induced stresses, one of many processes that modifies and evolves the Moon’s landscape over time. Lunar topography data is carved into the book’s surface, juxtaposing the science behind this process with the beauty of the landscape it helps to produce. The pages of the thesis also reveal the scientific process, juxtaposing the creation of knowledge with the creation of art. This is the art of science”

Exhibited: DPS/EPSC 2016, Pasadena

Technique: This work was produced with an electronic die-cutting machine that cut each page individually, following the contour lines derived from the digital terrain model data of the LOLA instrument.




Tactile Globe of the Moon

Authors: Amelia Ortiz-Gil (University of Valencia, Spain), Fernando Ballesteros (University of Valencia, Spain), and Alberto Fernández-Soto (Instituto de Física de Cantabria, Spain).

Note: The globe is is not a topological representation of the Moon but a kind of tactile translation of the visual image specially designed for people with vision impairments.

Contact address for requesting 3D printer files for reproducing the globe:

Dr. Amelia Ortiz-Gil
Observatorio Astronómico – Universidad de Valencia
Edifici Instituts d’Investigació.
c/ Catedrático José Beltrán,2

E- 46980 Paterna (Valencia)

Tel. +34 96 354 3745
Fax. +34 96 354 3744