Geologic Maps of Space

  • These two maps visualize the geology of Mars and the Moon using open source data from NASA and the USGS. I've open-sourced all the code in a tutorial that explains how to recreate the design for the moon map as well as the mars map. ​​​​​​
  • These two maps were intended for the general public, so I translated the scientific labels in the original USGS maps into more generic language. For the moon map, I also needed to merge six different geologic datasets, in addition to the Digital Elevation Model and the nomenclature labels.
  • The original USGS geologic maps were originally published in the 70’s, and I loved the bright neon color schemes in these historical maps. I tried to keep as many of the same colors as possible, though I re-arranged to save the more extreme colors for smaller or more unusual geologic formations.
  • The final maps combine each of the different data layers (geologic units, geologic contacts, hillshade, slope, labels) in Photoshop and Illustrator. I used blur effects and color overlays to merge each dataset smoothly into the other layers. 
  • These two maps are part of a larger collection of ten astronomy maps, so I incorporated the same design style I developed to tie together each map into a cohesive series.