From SciBuff.com Science Blog:
Moon Zoo will be another citizen science project, the latest incarnation of the highly successful Galaxy Zoo. The project will use high resolution images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) on NASA’s LRO spacecraft. Moon Zoo will ask the participants to classify and measure the shape of features on lunar surface with the main focus on:
- counting the number of and measuring the size of impact craters
- categorizing locations of interest such as lava channels, crater chains, lava flooded impact craters, volcanic eruptive centers, etc.
- assessing the degree of boulder hazard by comparing boulder density on two images
- identifying recent changes on lunar surface by comparing LRO and Apollo photographs
- determining the location of space mission hardware on the Moon (Apollo landers, Luna rovers, European and Chinese probes)
Besides delivering high quality data which will (hopefully) address many questions of lunar science, Moon Zoo will also be an excellent tool to promote lunar and space exploration and engage the public in learning about processes involved in scientific discoveries. Moon Zoo is expected to be even more popular than Galaxy Zoo, exploiting the media exposure of the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the recent NASA’s LRO/LCROSS mission.
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