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The Digital Museum of Planetary Mapping

The Digital Museum of Planetary Mapping is maintained by the International Cartographic Association Commission on Planetary Cartography.

Contact email: planetarymaps[at]gmail.com.

Editor: Henrik Hargitai

Co-Editors: Ton Lindeman, Mateusz Pitura

The International Catalog of Planetary Maps

This database provides bibliographic and image data of planetary maps published internationally from the beginning (1600 to today, updated regularry. The database contains data on maps published in scientific, educational and commercial publications.

Catalog curator: Henrik Hargitai



The Integrated Database of Planetary Features (Catalog  version)

Name: Integrated Database of Planetary Features


This database is a collection of references and data of catalogs (databases) of planetary geologic features of any Solar System objects. The data provided are either in digital table format or GIS-ready shapefiled.


Henrik Hargitai 2016 Metacatalog of Planetary Surface Features for Multicriteria Evaluation of Surface Evolution: the Integrated Planetary Feature Database. DPS 48/ EPSC 11 Meeting #426.23, Pasadena, CA.

Editor Henrik Hargitai


What’s included and what’s not

The Museum keeps both historical and recent maps.

The maps published within the USGS planetary mapping series are typically not included in the museum but they are included in the catalog. Thematic maps that were made to illustrate a specific theme for a research paper are not included; however, thematic maps produced for a research paper that show a global phenomenon or are generic maps of a region, are included in the collection.

We have started to add dynamic maps (GIS, webmaps, animgif, etc.).

The editor and publisher gratefully acknowledge the permission granted to reproduce the copyright materials in the Digital Museum of Planetary Mapping.

Russian / Cyrillic maps were provided or scanned / photographed at the MIGAiK Extraterrestrial Lab Library, Moscow, with permission, between 2001 and 2011.

Hungarian maps were provided by the Eötvös Loránd University Cosmic Materials Space Research Group, with permission.

Scans of a part of international historic maps were provided by Ton Lindemann, with permission.

Maps published in the USA before 1923 have expired copyrights and are in the public domain.  In addition, works published before 1964 that did not have their copyrights renewed 28 years after first publication year also are in the public domain.

Manuscripts from authors who died before 1945 are in the public domain as of 2015.

Works First Published Outside the U.S. before 1923 are in the public domain.

All NASA publications are in the public domain, as NASA is a government agency. Similarly, USGS maps have no copyright.

Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders and to obtain their permission for the use of copyright material. We apologize for any errors and would be grateful if notified of any corrections that should be incorporated in future revisions of this website.


The maps in our collection were not made by us, they are all third party products.

Copyrighted maps: Please contact the original copyright holders. We cannot issue any republication rights from our websites.

Non-copyrighted/public domain maps whose print version was scanned or photographed by us: Permission is granted for noncommercial use. For commercial use, contact us.

Non-copyrighted/public domain maps with original pdf or original digital image: Probably no permission is needed, however, we advise you to contact the authors.

Rotating Mars intro screen credit: ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen)

Column name Column description
Catalog ID (M) N/A
Title Title of map
Author Name of mapper(s), or author, PI, map editor, illustrator, etc. with roles
Nationality Nationality of author
Start date Year when mapping began / or year or observation
Date of publication Year of publication or completion of manusctipt (empty if not published yet)
Body Target name (planetary body)
Online Online references about the map
Projection Projection of map. 2-hemisphere is shown here.
Scale N/A
Orientation Orientation of map [north up, south up] – only for historic maps (north: cartographic tradition, south: astronomical tradition)
Publication type The type of work that contains the map. [standalone, journal, conference, atlas, book figure, book supplement, book plate, encyclopedia, multisheet, digital]
Type, purpose Type of map purpose [generic, outreach, science, citizen, surface operation (pre mission), landing site (post mission), observer, opposition, index, reference, eclipse/transit/occultation] generic: not defined, outreach: maps for the general public made b
Primary Nomenclature Laguage(s) of nomenclature displayed on the map [Latin, English etc., IAU, informal]. Latin for Latin nomenclature prior to IAU.
Ref (map) Full reference of map publication or publication that contains the map
DOI DOI number of map
ID (publication) ID of map publication or figure number
Origin type If this map is not original, the following codes are used: [L: language variant, N: new print, U: updated edition, C: copied / modified from another map, R: renovation map (digital version of paper map with slight changes), F facsimile. RP: republished in
Origin ID Any maps that this map is based on or copied from. Database ID of original map.
Based on map Name of mapper
Base (spacecraft, telescope) Name of spacecraft / instrument
Original title Title of map in original langage (if not English)
Publisher Name of Publisher; manuscript or self-published. For journals and conferences, the name of the journal or conference.
Coverage Coverage of map [global, hemispheric, regional, local, landing site, landing ellipse, traverse]
Target location IAU name of target feature (if named) or near side, far side etc. (If nothing noted, it is global)
Country Country of Publisher (original/translation)
Type, content Type of map [photo, map, sketch map, drawing, globe, tactile, data]. Data for raster datasets. For vector data, see Feature DB. Drawing: no grid, scale, projection etc.
Image base Base theme of the map [shaded relief, photomosaic, photo, none]
Theme Theme of map [visual, albedo, radar, low sun, topography, elevation, geology, geomorphology, art, nomenclature reference, feature, landing site reference, opposition map, event (eclipse etc) etc.]. Low sun is optical photo with shadows and no albedo. Vis
Technique Cartographic technique [imagemap, datamap, cartographic map, unit map, airbrush, pencil, line drawing/outline, contour lines, DEM, DIM, shaded relief / hillshading, raster data etc.]
Style Details on style
Method Method how the data was obtained
Mapping scale Scale of mapping
Resolution Raster dataset resoltion [m/pixel]
Short Reference Short form of reference to the map publication
GIS / data URL where GIS or original spatial data is
Data provider N/A
Profession Profession of author (for historic maps)
Designator Sheet designator terms following Greeley and Batson (1990) Planetary Mapping. Cambridge University Press. – only if displayed on the map. First letter: target body, 5M: scale, 90/0 etc: center coordinates, OM – orthophotomosaic , T – Topographic data (nom
Control Controlled, semi-controlled, uncontrolled
Note on control Base of control
Series title Title of map series
Number of maps (in work) N/A
Number of quads N/A
Quad ID Quad ID (or quads IDs) contained on the map
Map Diameter N/A
Map width cm N/A
Map height cm N/A
Map width px N/A
Map height px N/A
Base type Type of instrument of observation of base data [naked eye, telescope, spacecraft, space telescope, lander]
Location of copy Library or archive where manuscript or rare copy is kept
Ref (literature) Reference – literature about the map, may be the source of data if the map is not available. Separated with # symbols.
Status (2017) Status of mapping [complete, in progress, in review] (mostly for USGS maps)
Aim Original aim of mapping, if available
Notes Any comments, remarks [Long text, may be multiple paragraphs]
Secondary nomenclature Other languages of the nomenclature
Nomenclature Notes Remarks on nomenclature
Photo note N/A
Reference frame ID from RefFrames
web2 Online references about the map
web3 Online references about the map
web4 Online references about the map
ocentric/ographic Map coordinate [planetographic, planetocentric]
W 360E N/A
E 360E N/A
W 180 N/A
E 180 N/A
W 360W N/A
R 360W N/A
fig1 N/A
fig1 caption N/A
fig2 N/A
fig2 caption N/A
fig3 N/A
fig3 caption N/A
fig4 N/A
fig4 caption N/A
fig5 N/A
fig5 caption N/A
Sum $180