This stunning, almost floral map is among the first of the prismatic planetary maps published by the U.S. Geological Survey between 1971 to 1997. NASA commissioned geologists over the years, charging them with mapping the moon to ensure safe landings for astronauts, but also to pinpoint areas of interest for future research. Keith A. Howard, H.G. Wilshire and D.E. Wilhelms led the charge on mapping the south side of the moon. The lunar mapping program, documented in the 1994 book To a Rocky Moon: A Geologist's History of Lunar Exploration
, was led by Gene Shoemaker, a pioneer in the field of astrogeology who has the galactically fascinating distinction of being the only person buried on the moon
Around 20x200 HQ, we've been talking about space: romantic notions of the great unknown, iconic and uplifting moments in history, how it shapes our vision of the future, since the mournful end of the shuttle program. Here's our curated a collection of images from the NASA archive.
For our Vintage Editions series, our curators scour historical archives for both timeless classics and heretofore unseen gems. These images come back to life as exhibition-quality prints now available to everyone. As a bonus, purchasing equals patronage: Ten percent of the sales from Vintage Editions prints goes directly into the 20x200 Artist Fund, which helps support our current roster of artists. That furthers one of our core missions: helping more artists make a living by making work.