Encyclopedia Astronautica
1958.01.01 - US Army Map Service studied methods of mapping the moon


The U.S. Army Map Service studied methods of mapping the moon. This effort evolved into Project LAMP Lunar Analysis and Mapping Program) in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey. By spring 1960, the first maps were in preparation.

Four stages were incorporated in the project:

Stage I:

Moon map on scale of 1:500,000 and feasibility studies, through 1960 ($200,000)

Stage II:

Expansion and acceleration of Stage I, including balloon photographic reconnaissance and radar investigation, through 1961 ($800,000)

Stage III:

System design per requirements of the lunar mission, through 1962 ($2 million)

Stage IV:

Operational program assembling all system components for lunar mission, through 1963 ($5 million)

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