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China releases the World's most detailed map of the Moon

Published on June 13, 2022
Current Context: Chinese scientists from multiple research institutes and universities have created a high-resolution topographic map based on data from China's lunar exploration Chang e project and other data.
China releases the World's most detailed map of the Moon
  • That digital map showed the moon’s geology in, what the Science Centre described as, incredible detail at a scale of 1:5000000.
  • The map includes 12,341 impact craters, 81 impact basins, 17 rock types, and 14 types of structures, providing abundant information about the geology of the moon and its evolution.
  • It is expected to make a great contribution to scientific research, exploration, and landing site selection on the moon.
  • The Institute of Geochemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has led the project, along with other organizations such as the Chinese Academy of Geological Science, China University of Geosciences, and Shandong University.
  • In January 2019, China’s Change-4 probe landed on the far side of the moon, making it the first spacecraft to touch down on the part of the moon, which is never visible from earth.
  • Apart from that China’s Change-5 mission has returned to Earth with the cargo of rock and “soil” collected from the lunar surface.
  • All these missions of China for the Moon have helped them to develop such a precise and incredible map.


Q.1 Which of the following country has created the high-resolution topographic map for the Moon for the first time?
a. United States of America
b. Russia
c. India
d. China

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