Map of the Moon, Swiss World Atlas (2016)


Topographic map of the Moon

Three languages in the three language variants of the Swiss World Atlas (German, French, Italian)

Projection: Lambert azimuthal equal-area projection

Scale: 1:34,117,800

Cartographer: Stephan Wondrak

Publisher: Institut für Kartografie und Geoinformation, ETH Zürich,

Atlas Editor: Lorenz Hurni



AMS Topographic Lunar Map (1962-63)

Contour interval 1000 meters

Modified stereographic projection

Prepared by the Army Map Service, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., Compiled in 1963 by stereo-photogrammetric methods, from photography by Paris, McDonald, Mt. WIlson, Yerkes, Pic du Midi Observatories and other base sources. Names generally derived from and referred to “Named Lunar Formations” (1935) by M. Blagg and K. Müller.

Includes complete lunar names listing on the back.


“Small eminences are shown by lower case Greek letters, and small depressions (craters, valleys) by capital Roman letters. Rills are shown by Roman numbers.”

Size: 52 inch




Series Gradient Tint Printing:


Series Shaded relief

1:2,5M, 1962., Mare Nectaris-Mare Imbrium map sheet


Series “Preliminary printing“,

1:250k 1961, several sheets


(Photos from the Map collection of Stanford University)

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)


Franz’s Contour Map of the Moon (1899)

Franz, J., (1899). Die Figur des Mondes, Astron. Beobachtungen, Königsberg, Bd.38



Niveaukarte des Mondes nach J. Franz, Breslau.

In: M. W. Meyer: Der Mond, Unsere Nachbarweld. Stuttgart, Kosmos, Gesellschaft der Naturfreunde. p67., 1909




“The first contour map of the Moon was constructed by Franz (1899) Just before the turn of the century. He employed only 55 points, a number not too low when sufficiently accurate, or when expectations are not exceeding the possibilities. He worked with linear interpolation between the known points, a rather poor technique for the present and in this particular case.” C.L. Goudas: A contour map of the Moon. Oct 1964. Mathematical Note No, 369 Mathematics Research Laboratory, BOEING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH LABORATORIES.


Hungarian edition:

In: Scheiner: Népszerű asztrofizika.
K.M. Természettudományi Társulat, Budapest, 1916.
From Magyar Csillagászati Egyesület’s Library, Budapest