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a collection of visually stunning maps of the geological composition of the lunar surface, based on data from lunar missions in the 1960’s and 1970’s. the contrasting colors & seemingly random shapes of the clusters of craters transform normally boring looking informational maps in objects of visual art.

[link: astrogeology.usgs.gov|via generatorx.no & 30gms.com]

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Absolutely love it. I wish the downloadable .TIFs were twice the resolution though.

Fri 26 Oct 2007 at 3:06 AM

As you mention scientific visualizations often appear as if they were objects of visual art.

Both art and scientific visualizations speak about meaning. But is the meaning of both directed at the same observed?

I posit that both illustrate the meaning of fundamentally different things.

Art illustrates an understanding of the whole of reality while scientific visualizations rebder a visual representation of an accumulation of data gained through the observation of a tiny segment of the whole.

I posted a more extensive comment on this post on my SU page.

Fri 26 Oct 2007 at 4:29 AM

These are indeed wonderful. I tried to do a sketch based on one from the moon of venus (http://flickr.com/photos/kmasback/1445267770/), but realized they are quite hard to artistically improve upon.

Fri 26 Oct 2007 at 10:43 AM
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