Planetary Cartography

Exploration and Education

6709.1 - Planetary Cartography – Activities and Current Challenges

Thursday, July 6
4:10 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Harding

Maps are one of the most important tools for communicating geospatial information between producers and receivers. Geospatial data, tools, contributions in geospatial sciences, and the communication of information and transmission of knowledge are matter of ongoing cartographic research. This applies to all topics and objects located on Earth or on any other body in our Solar System. In planetary science, cartography and mapping have a history dating back to the roots of telescopic space exploration and are now facing new technological and organizational challenges with the rise of new missions, new global initiatives, organizations and opening research markets. The focus of this contribution is to introduce the community to the field of planetary cartography and its historic foundation, to highlight some of the organizations involved and to emphasize challenges that Planetary Cartography has to face today and in the near future.

Andrea Nass

German Aerospace Center

03/2003 - 10/2007 studying Cartography and Geomatic. University of applied Science, Karlsruhe, Germany;
04/2008 - 03/2015 doctoral student (academic and research assistant). Institute of Geography, Research Discipline Cartography, GIS, Remote Sensing and Visualization, University Potsdam, Germany;
since 04/2015 scientist. German Aerospace Center, Institute for Planetary Sciences, Dept. for Planetary Geology.


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Henrik I. Hargitai

Postdoctoral Researcher
NASA Ames Research Center

Henrik I. Hargitai (Ph.D., 2007) is a planetary geomorphologist and media historian. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the NASA Ames Research Center. He taught planetary geomorphology, planetary cartography, typography, and media history as a senior lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary since 2002. He has a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences and Philosophy (Aesthetics). His study fields include planetary cartography, fluvial geomorphology, and the history and localization of planetary nomenclature. He participated in two Mars Desert Research Station simulations. He is the chair of the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography.


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