In the frame of the International Map Year celebrations, Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK) and MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) organized several cartographic exhibitions, where maps as results of the research of various celestial bodies produced by MExLab (under support of the Russian Science Foundationn, project #14-22-00197) as well as Planetary Maps for Children prepared by the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography have been presented.

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One of the Planetary Maps Exhibitions was organized on September 24–25, 2015 in Berlin at ISPRS Working Group IV/8 „”Planetary Mapping and Spatial Databases” meeting. The Working Group focuses on the development of advanced techniques in data acquisition, processing, and analysis pertaining to the mapping of planetary bodies.

The Planetary Maps Exhibition at Technische Universität Berlin (TUB, Germany) in frame of ISPRS Working Group IV/8 meeting

The Planetary Maps Exhibition at Technische Universität Berlin (TUB, Germany) in frame of ISPRS Working Group IV/8 meeting, where planetary maps for children were presented in German

The next Planetary Maps Exhibition was held in frame of Sixth Moscow Solar System Symposium (6M–S3) at Space Research Institute (IKI) on October 5–9, 2015. Solar System Symposium is one of the main international events in Russia on space research. Subject matter of the 6M-S3 covers various scientific problems with a central topic “Moon and Mars exploration”, including future Russian missions to the Moon (“Luna-Glob” and “Luna-Resource”) as well as international mission “EXOMARS”, the project that is developing now in cooperation with ROSCOSMOS (Russian Space Agency) and ESA (European Space Agency).

6M-S3 as an international event brings together scientists from all over the world, so the planetary maps for children were presented in English.

Cartographers Anastasiya Zharkova and Zhanna Rodionova demonstrated a new hypsometric Globe of Mercury at the Planetary Maps Exhibition in Space Research Institute (IKI), Moscow, October 5–9, 2015

Cartographers Anastasiya Zharkova and Zhanna Rodionova demonstrated a new hypsometric Globe of Mercury at the Planetary Maps Exhibition in Space Research Institute (IKI), Moscow, October 5–9, 2015. The new hypsometric Globe of Mercury was presented in honor of the 50th anniversary of IKI.

Guest author: Irina Petrovna Karachevtseva

Please note: The wonderful Planetary Maps for Children are now freely available in 11 languages.