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Paper: Citizen Science: Mapping the Moon and Mercury
Volume: 457, Connecting People to Science
Page: 93
Authors: Bracey, G.; Costello, K.; Gay, P.; Reilly, E.
Abstract: The familiar face of our Moon is brought even closer to home by experiencing “Moon Zoo,” an engaging online citizen science project from the creators of Galaxy Zoo. Using high-resolution images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Moon Zoo lets the public explore the lunar surface in breathtaking detail, mapping craters and discovering new features as they go. The maps that they generate will be used by scientists to understand solar system ages and to comparatively study geology across worlds. The less-familiar face of Mercury is also being explored and mapped through Mercury Zoo, thanks to images from MESSENGER, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury. As citizen science projects, both of these Zoos let the public participate in authentic scientific research. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to make new and stronger connections to both of these solar system objects while getting a glimpse of the process and nature of science.
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