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Ordnance Survey marks Moon landing with hi-tech space map

Ordnance Survey has created a map of Apollo 11’s lunar landing site to celebrate 50 years since man first stepped on the Moon. 
 
The national mapping agency is based in the EM3 area in Test Valley. Its GeoDataViz team, lead by Paul Naylor, created the incredible image.
 
The Moon landing was part of the Apollo programme, which started in 1966. Eleven astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin, walked on the moon after Neil Armstrong. They chose the Sea of Tranquility as their touch down spot.
 
Mr Naylor said: "On 20 July 1969 at 20:17 GMT, Apollo 11 touched down on the moon. Six hours later Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface. It was a monumental achievement for humanity. The map was an absolute joy to make and is something the GDV team are proud of."
 
Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) of the Moon - 3D representations of its surface – were used to create the map. It was coloured using a similar palette to that of Jordi Delpeix Borrell’s winning entry for Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018.