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Pretty planet maps

And you thought those science maps were cool!

As featured in Wired Science a couple of years ago, these very modern-art looking maps are actually maps of many of the different planets and their moons in our solar system. They were a series created by the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA between 1971 and 1998.

dark side of the moon
dark side of the moon

 The colors correlate to geological materials and phenomena, and WOW do some of these moons and planets have a lot of geological phenomena.  

The maps themselves a little tricky to navigate to, even with the links provided in the article, (NASA/USGS Maps: Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus and the Jovian moons Io, Ganymede and Callisto), but they are really gorgeous and worth the adventure through cyberspace to find these maps of planetary bodies in outer space (or more appropriately inner space). AND because these are government documents it’s totally legal to download these and use them as computer desktops, or even full-size maps. Now where can I find a giant poster printer?…



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.