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NASA Released an Amazing 3D Map of the Moon

Most of us see the moon almost every night, but few people have seen a decent high-res picture of the moon, let alone a high-res picture of the dark side of the moon. To be able to see the moon - every side of it - in detail would really require being in space and flying around it. And 99.9% of us Earthlings don't have that opportunity (yet). So once again, NASA has come to the rescue, this time providing us with an amazing 3D map of the whole moon for computer graphics artists to use to their heart's content. For the first time, we can explore the moon (digitally). And it's incredible. If you want to see some more amazing photos from NASA, check out these new photos of Mars

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10 Information-Packed Maps About Random Things

It turns out that maps are useful for a lot more than geography. These maps give you a whole lot of information you didn't know you needed until now. If you think the world's a pretty interesting place and want to learn more about it, keep on reading. Or head to r/MapPorn for way more maps than you could ever need.

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According to the latest PDF map released by the Israeli Defense Forces, Hamas' rockets fired from the Gaza Strip can reach up to 47 miles within the Israeli territories, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. So what if the Gaza Strip was in your backyard? Where would the missiles land? Check out this interactive map designed by San Francisco-based design studio Stamen and powered by OpenStreetMap.

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In the wake of the latest violent conflict in the Gaza Strip, The Guardian put together a handy, crowdsourced map powered by Google that highlights specific areas that have been targeted by missiles in the region with a red dot. When clicked, the dot opens up a dialogue box detailing the location of the strike, as well as other information related to casualties and property damages as they become available.



Crowdsourcing Project of the Day is a feature series documenting the latest tools and innovations that are powered by the crowdsourcing model.

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If you're running on Chrome browser, check out Google's latest Experiment project that visualizes the precise location of at least 100,000 stars in our Milky Way galaxy, using various imagery and data pulled from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). For your frame of reference, there are approximately 200 to 400 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy.



Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.

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Crowdsourcing has been the name of the game in this week's news coverage and emergency response to Hurricane Sandy, from Google's interactive storm tracker and evacuation maps to now post-hurricane relief site directories and FEMA-supported damage assessment maps.

Image description (from top left, clockwise): 1) Google Crisis Map, 2) Watershed Post's Crowdmap, 3) #Instacane, 4) Mapmill's FEMA Damage Assessment

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Like we really needed this clever map to remind us that most of us are never more than 20 miles from a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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Webcomic XKCD's latest offering, "Click and Drag," goes far beyond the image you see here. If you read it on the site, you'll discover a truly astounding time-waster that must have taken ages to complete.

If you're feeling less patient, someone has compiled the entire map in a zoomable window.