A map of Ganymede

This map of Ganymede was created from more than 100 (!) images from the Voyager and Galileo spacecraft. Most of these had a resolution of roughly 0.7-3.5/pixel km except for two relatively small areas where the resolution is considerably lower. In addition I used lower resolution images (roughly 10-30 km/pixel) to colorize the map. I am also grateful to Constantine Thomas for a mosaic of the Osiris area that I integrated into the map and for valuable ideas and tips.

The map is of a quality similar to my map of Callisto (possibly very slightly lower) and considerably better quality than my map of Europa, in particular the color. This map is primarily intended for 3D rendering; it is better than any map of Ganymede I have seen (if you disagree let me know ;-). I have managed to fill several gaps and fuzzy areas that are present in a USGS map of Ganymede that I have, e.g. the one roughly WSW of the creater Osiris. I did this using a few Voyager images apparently not used in creating the USGS map. I don't know why these images were not used in the USGS map; a possible reason might be concerns about positional accuracy or the color filters used. The only gaps that remain are small areas near the poles. I have removed these by "cloning" data from adjacent areas. There is more detailed/technical information about this map and how it was created on another page.

Click the map below to get the full size map (1800x900 pixel 353 KB JPG). The map is in simple cylindrical projection with latitudes running with a uniform interval from -90 (bottom) to 90 (top) and longitude 0 at the left edge of the map. It should be rendered by projecting it onto a sphere of 2634 km radius or some equivalent unit.

A map of Ganymede (small version)

A "mask map" is also available below. It indicates the quality of the above map in different areas within it. The colors have the following meaning:

Black: These areas contain actual data and should be very accurate.
Dark gray: Low resolution source images and/or features fixed by hand using global images as a guide. Should look accurate in global renderings but fuzzy and/or inaccurate in closeups. This also includes areas with somewhat distorted (but real) features because of inaccuracies in the viewing geometry information. Also includes data which may be accurate but which I strongly suspect is not. In particular, the parts of these areas farthest from the poles are probably (almost) OK but the areas closer to the poles are more likely to be "bad".
Light gray: Fictional/cloned data because no images showing these areas are available. Also areas where e.g. craters are so highly distorted that it is obvious that it is pretty much useless.

Click the map below to download the full-size mask.

A 'mask map' of Ganymede

Modifications
17.10.2000
: A completely new version of the map, based on approximately ten times more spacecraft images than the old version. This new map is of far higher quality than the old one (which was junk ;-).
01.03.1999: Added the C9 data from Galileo. This greatly improved the resolution in areas in the right half of the map. Also fixed a narrow, fuzzy area in the left half of the map.
23.05.1998: First version of the map, based on a USGS map, data from the Voyager spacecraft and the G1 and E6 images from the Galileo spacecraft.

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