Author Archives: Linda Chappell

BeautifulMars Project


Make Mars speak human. The BeautifulMars Project is looking for people to help promote the idea that knowledge about Mars belongs to everyone. If you are fluent or even semi-fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, or a number of other languages, contact BeautifulMars and help make outreach history. On your time and schedule, you’ll provide translations and a coordinator will review the work. Once reviewed, translations will be posted online.

Geological Map of Vesta


This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from Dawn spacecraft data. Brown colors represent the oldest, most heavily cratered surface. Purple colors in the north and light blue represent terrains modified by the Veneneia and Rheasilvia impacts, respectively. Light purples and dark blue colors below the equator represent the interior of the Rheasilvia and Veneneia basins. Greens and yellows represent relatively young landslides or other downhill movement and crater impact materials, respectively. This map unifies 15 individual quadrangle maps and is a Mollweide projection, centered on 180 degrees longitude using the Dawn Claudia coordinate system.