Moon Map for Astronauts Landing to Be Created in Russia

The Russian orbiter Luna-26 will create a three-dimensional map of the Moon to select the landing site for the first astronauts. This was told by the director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences Anatoliy Petrukovich, RIA News reports. 

For the first time, using stereo photography, they will create a topographic map of the Moon with a resolution of two to three meters. Using stereo processing and light analysis, they will get a universal altitude map of the entire Moon with high accuracy.

Stereo shooting will become a specific experiment for the orbital apparatus. In the future, the map can be used to analyze lunar structures and determine their origin. It will also be possible to navigate future automatic and manned missions to the Moon.

Ru-Main, 22.03.2020

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