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14 11, 2016

IMY in Russia: New planetary maps

By |November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Tim Samsonov reported last week about the national cartographic conference »International Map Year in Russia: Bringing Space and Time Together« on 25–28 October 2016 in Moscow. Today, Irina Karachevtseva will elaborate on some of the maps exhibited at the conference.

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Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography and MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) took part in the conference and map exhibition at the Russian State Library in Pashkov House. 6 new planetary maps produced by MExLab were presented: the Moon, Mercury and Phobos wall maps. The planetary maps were printed under support of the Russian Science Foundation (project #14-22-00197).

Lyudmila Zinchuk, head of the Department of Cartographic Publications of the Russian State Library, opens the map exhibition in Pashkov House

Lyudmila Zinchuk, head of the Department of Cartographic Publications of the Russian State Library, opens the map exhibition in Pashkov House

Left: Pashkov House where the Department of Cartographic Publications of the Russian State Library is placed. Right: MExLab planetary wall maps and Phobos Atlas presented at the Map exhibition in Pashkov House.

Left: Pashkov House where the Department of Cartographic Publications of the Russian State Library is placed. Right: MExLab planetary wall maps and Phobos Atlas presented at the Map exhibition in Pashkov House.

Poster session at the Russian State Library

Poster session at the Russian State Library

At the cartographic conference Alexander Kokhanov from MExLab team was awarded a special prize of the Russian branch of ESRI for his Hypsometric wall map of future Lunar potential landing sites

At the cartographic conference Alexander Kokhanov from MExLab team was awarded a special prize of the Russian branch of ESRI for his Hypsometric wall map of future Lunar potential landing sites

Hypsometric wall map of future Lunar potential landing sites (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Hypsometric wall map of future Lunar potential landing sites (MIIGAiK, 2016)

New map of "Luna-17" landing site and the "Lunokhod-1" route (MIIGAiK, 2016)

New map of “Luna-17” landing site and the “Lunokhod-1” route (MIIGAiK, 2016)

New map of "Luna-21" landing site and the "Lunokhod-2" route (MIIGAiK, 2016)

New map of “Luna-21” landing site and the “Lunokhod-2” route (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Wall map of the Lunar relief parameters (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Wall map of the Lunar relief parameters (MIIGAiK, 2016)

The new hypsometric wall map of Mercury (MIIGAiK, 2016)

The new hypsometric wall map of Mercury (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Geomorphological wall map of Phobos grooves (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Geomorphological wall map of Phobos grooves (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Besides MIIGAiK a lot of other universities and organizations from different regions of Russia attended the conference such as: Moscow Lomonosov State University, Saint Petersburg State University, Geography Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), Bryansk State University, Voronezh State University, Altai State University, The Institute for Water and Environmental Problems (Barnaul), Institute of Geophysics (Ekaterinburg), Baikal Institute of Nature Management (Ulan-Ude) etc.

The future of cartography was widely discussed at the conference including the problem of planetary mapping.

MExLab team would like to thank the organizers of the conference in Russian State Library for this excellent scientific event and opportunity to present new planetary maps!

– Irina Karachevtseva, Head of MExLab

9 11, 2016

IMY in Russia: Bringing Space and Time Together

By |November 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Russia celebrated the International Map Year by organizing the national cartographic conference »International Map Year in Russia: Bringing Space and Time Together« on 25–28 October 2016.

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The conference was held in Russian State Library (RSL) in the heart of Moscow, the capital of Russia. The RSL is one of the largest libraries in the world, founded in 1862 and now holding more than 45 million units of storage, including the vast cartographic collection (about 250,000 units).

The organisers of the conference were:

  • Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography,
  • Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences (IGRAS),
  • Russian State Library (RSL)
  • Russian State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK),
  • The Federal Service of State Registration, Cadaster and Cartography (Rosreestr),
  • The Russian Geographical Society (RGO)

The programme committee received more than 350 contributions from all over Russia, covering the areas of cartography and related disciplines such as geographical information science, remote sensing, geodesy and topography. The most recent cartographic products from universities, institutes and industry were exhibited during the conference and rated by organizers for inclusion in Russian national delegation to ICC2017 in Washington. More details about the planetary maps exhibited at this conference will be published next week.

The conference marked the establishment of a new series of National Cartographic Conferences in Russia, which will be held biannually with the next conference planned for 2018.

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– Timofey Samsonov, Lomonosov Moscow State University

28 06, 2016

Maps’ brightest hour – The 3rd MExLab Summer School

By |June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

The Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAIK) Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) invites you to attend its 3rd MExLab Summer School on Planetary Cartography and Image Processing on June, 28–30, 2016, MExLab, auditorium № 155.

The program can be found here. The event is open to the public and participation is free. Please note that all lectures will be in Russian.

The summer school is held in frame of International Map Year and Yuri Gagarin Year in Russia. It is held under the support of ICA and ISPRS.

Contact: Irina Karachevtseva, Head of MExLab

17 11, 2015

International Map Year continues: Planetary Maps Exhibition in Zvyozdny gorodok (Russia)

By |November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) continues celebrating the International Map Year in Russia. We organized a Planetary map exhibition at the XI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Manned Space Flights”.

The conference which was hosted in Zvyozdny gorodok at the Russian Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Center named after Yury Gagarin, was dedicated to the 55th anniversary of this center. The main purpose of this center is research on the creation and operation of manned spacecrafts, cosmonaut selection and the training process of in-flight activities for cosmonauts. Extraterrestrial maps are very important for cosmonautics, e.g. for navigating spaceships and for choosing appropriate landing surfaces on the planets.

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So we are very enthusiastic to contribute for the Conference our planetary maps, especially today, November 17, in 45-year anniversary of the Lunokhod-1! Lunokhod-1, the first unmanned rover on a planetary body, was deployed to the lunar surface and started its 10km journey in the Mare Imbrium on the 17 November, operated remotely from Earth. During the mission about 200 detailed panoramic images were transmitted to the Earth and provided unique scientific experiments. New mission of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) allowed us to study Lunokhods landing sites in more detail, refine rover tracks, give names to the craters along the route and create an accurate map.

The exhibition enjoyed great popularity at the conference, which was attended by about 700 participants. We exhibited the following maps, which were produced under support of the Russian Science Foundation (project #14-22-00197) and attracted great attention:

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Don’t forget to keep an eye on our website (http://mexlab.miigaik.ru) and follow us on twitter @MEx_Lab!

Guest author: Irina Petrovna Karachevtseva

14 10, 2015

Planetary Maps Exhibitions

By |October 14th, 2015|0 Comments

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.

2 10, 2015

Moscow joins the Map Year celebrations

By |October 2nd, 2015|1 Comment

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Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK) joins the Map Year celebrations! Here is a message from local IMY coordinator Irina Petrovna Karachevtseva:

Our university was established in 1779. It is one of the oldest institutions in the field of Geodesy and Cartography. MIIGAiK has a long history and a lot of mapping traditions, so we are very pleased to welcome the International Map Year (IMY)!

On the occasion of this event MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) have printed a series of planetary maps under support of the Russian Science Foundation and organized a cartographic exhibition. We are very proud to continue such useful work as Cartography. And we are happy that the events like IMY help us to convey the importance of our work to others and share experiences with cartographers worldwide.

Thank you from Russia for Map Year organization!

Our laboratory has a twitter: @MEx_Lab – Subscribe to be informed of the latest developments!

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Thank you for your committment, MIIGAiK!