Introduction to the new Korean outreach program using a GIS integrated planetary mapping system

Kyeong Ja Kim, James Dohm, Nobuyuki Hasebe, Sung Soon Lee

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    Korea is planning a space mission to the Moon by as early as 2020 starting with a lunar orbiter and landing mission. This will be followed by sample return programs. Compared to other countries, Korea has a relatively brief history in space and planetary sciences. With the expected Korean missions on the near-term horizon and the relatively few Korean planetary scientists, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) has established a new planetary research group. Its focus will be: (1) cosmochemistry and remote sensing in order to study planetary surfaces of the solar system, and (2) education for young scientists and students for its lunar missions in order to build a promising planetary space exploration program in the future. The KIGAM-based planetary science program will work towards international cooperative space missions, as well as research programs whose focus will be both planetary materials and planetary data systems. Education for young students can be successfully accomplished with international cooperative outreach programs in conjunction with internationally accessible planetary data system (PDS). For the past four decades, several tens of planetary space missions have produced enormous amount of data, which are publicly accessible. These data can be used by young prospective planetary scientists and students to understand the planetary surfaces of the Moon and other planetary bodies in the solar system such as Mars. In order to effectively utilize these PDS data, development of a GIS integrated planetary surface information system of the Moon and Mars is underway. KIGAM's planetary research group is developing a GIS-based lunar planetary mapping system for both research and public outreach. This presentation introduces the GIS integrated lunar mapping system, which includes integrated geomorphic, geologic, topographic, elemental, and mineralogic remote sensing data of the Moon as one of the prospective Korean planetary outreach programs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009 - Daejeon
    Duration: 2009 Oct 122009 Oct 16


    Other60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Space and Planetary Science
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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