Back when we thought we were going to the Moon for real and would establish a Lunar Base, plans were made to help in the selection of lunar utilizing mapping data from various missions. I have been looking for lunar mapping applications that might help us as observers. You can check what I have found so far at my WordPress blog. If you know of more let me know at gmail address or comment on blog.
Introduction: Two key focus areas for the Lunar Precursor Robotic Program (LPRP) at MSFC are to provide a three-dimensional map to support lunar mission site selection and operations and to provide information about the lunar environment. The Lunar Mapping and Modeling Project (LMMP) is an LPRP project tasked by the Exploration System Mission Directorate (ESMD) Advanced Capabilities Division to develop maps and tools to benefit the Constellation Program (CxP) lunar planning by providing common, consistent and useful access to and dissemination of this information to the lunar exploration and science communities.
Project scope and purpose: The LMMP will provide:
1) a single, common, consistent, uniform, intuitive and easy to use NASA portal that accesses lunar mapping and modeling products, tools and data;
2) transparent conduits to appropriately sanctioned portions of the widely dispersed and distributed universe of lunar data, products and tools;
3) registration to an appropriately updated control network for data products; and
4) a database and collaborative environment for the collection of lunar data that does not necessarily vary by position/location (e.g., a lunar wiki).
The LMMP’s primary customers are the CxP designers and planners; therefore, the project philosophy is to have the CxP customers identify the needs and requirements they have for lunar mapping and tools and to use this information to define content and prioritize objectives. A secondary purpose is to support the dissemination of and access to this data to support the science community, potential future LPRP missions, international partners, commercial entities, education and public outreach, etc. The LMMP will focus predominantly on data products resulting from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) missions, but may also utilize historical lunar data (e.g., Apollo, Lunar Orbiter, Clementine, Lunar Prospector, Earth-based observations) and international lunar mission data (e.g., SMART-1, Kaguya, Chandrayaan, Chang’e), as available and appropriate, to meet specific near-term product, product type and/or product resolution and accuracy needs.
Click and Drag the Map to PAN around. Double-Click a point to ZOOM into that location by 1 Zoom Level. If your mouse has a wheel, scrolling up and down on the wheel will adjust the zoom level as well. Your last ZOOM option is to use the slider in the upper left of the portal.
You can also zoom into a specific area by holding down SHIFT+CLICK and DRAG a box around the area of interest.
All of the features (My Layers, Search, Marker Tools, Extent Control) within the Browse portion of the UI are contained within Modal Windows. All features start in a fixed default location, but you can move the modal windows around the portal just by clicking and dragging them to a new location. You can also re-dock the windows by clicking and dragging them close to any edge of the portal. You will know the window is ready to re-dock when the outside turns blue.
All Modal Windows have a close button in the upper right corner, and the windows can be resized by clicking and dragging the bottom right corner of the window