New “Lunar Orbiter high resolution (1000 m)” texture
New “Pyroclastic deposits” scientific database.
New “Clementine Color Ratio” scientific overlay
New “LOPAM Destripped” pictures library
New “Best of amateurs 2” pictures library
New “Best of Higgins” pictures library
New “Best of Lazzarotti” pictures library
New release CD with POCKETLUN bonus
February 1st 2008
The Virtual Moon Atlas is being used by researchers at Birkbeck College / University College London (UCL) to provide context for geochemical data collected by the D-CIXS ( http://www.sstd.rl.ac.uk/SMART-1/index.htm) instrument aboard European SMART-1 probe and for the future C1XS ( http://www.sstd.rl.ac.uk/c1xs/).instrument, which will fly to the Moon in 2008 aboard the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission.
September 25 2007
French Ministry of National Education registered the Virtual Moon Atlas as “educational software” and propose it for download on its Web server SIALLE
The french magazine “Espace Magazine” recommands download and use of Virtual Moon Atlas.
The french magazine “Ciel & Espace” recommands download and use of Virtual Moon Atlas.
May 15th, 2006
VMA is presented in the professional Bulletin of the “Lunar and Planetary Institute”
March 13 - 17 2006
VMA is presented to the “Combined Exhibit” of the 37 th “Lunar and Planetary Science Conference” with more than 1000 participants near Houston (Texas).
VMA is used by Sir Patrick Moore's team for preparing the famous BBC television program “The Sky at Night” dedicated to the Moon.
The VMA Web site is visited for the 500 000 th times, and the downloads page has more than 300 000 connexions.
December 4th 2005
To improve US VMA users possibility to acquire the VMA CD-Rom, we have now put a PAYPAL payment possibility. We hope they will find more comfortable this situation rather than sending us US bank checks written in Euros.
December 4th 2005
Erika Rix from “Cloudy Nights Lunar Observing Forum” has realized a tutorial for VMA beginners. You can find it at the following address : http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=1273 It's very useful to learn Basic VMA setup and we support Erika's initiative. Also thanks to Allister St Claire for putting this very good job in the articles pages of Cloudy Nignts site.
October 25 2005 Version 3.0 with :
INTRODUCING THE NEW “PRO” VERSION with :
New multi windows interface
Color Moon Globe
Scientific overlays coming from Clementine and Lunar Propector probes (altimetric, colormetric, gravity, and repartition of iron, hydrogen, potassium, thorium, neutrons…)
use for big hardware configuration
Texture ” Aerograph Clementine Full globe high resolution“
Texture ” Photographic Clementine Full globe very high resolution (500 m)“
New database “Indiced craters / Farside” (1667 entries).
New pictures library of Nearside named formations from “Lunar Astronautical Charts” and “Lunar Map
Extended new pictures library from “Consolidated Lunar Atlas” (More than 2300 images)
New “Pro” version CD-Rom (Software + databases + textures + scientific overlays + “LOPAM”, “Apollo”, “Probes” and “LAC / LM” pictures libraries.
February 1st 2005
French astronomical “Astronomie magazine ” includes a paper by Erwan Tanguy presenting VMA version 2.1 and indicates that “it's a well done free software, not to say remarkable”.
October 31 2004 Version 2.1 with :
Versions “Basic” et “Expert” with computerized mounts driving (Celestron “Nexstar”, Meade “Autostar” and all mounts using ASCOM driver.
Information page presenting lunar orbit and Moon globe features.
New detailed database about Moon exploration historical sites (Voluntary or un voluntary impacts and probes or human missions soft landings.
April 7 2004
VMA Web site is visited for 220 000 times and the “Download” page has been accessed 150 000 times.
March 31 2004
Virtual Moon Atlas is presented in “L'Astronomie”, Société Astronomique de France magazine.
March 1st 2004
“SKY and TELESCOPE” presents briefly, in its April 2004 issue VMA 2.0 upgrade.
August 31 2003 Version 2.0 with :
Introduction of “Moon complete globe” with Far Side
Simulation of a spatial flight orbiting the Moon
VMA is now separated in 3 modular versions
AVL “Light” : 2D software for les performances hardware
AVL “Basic” : Basic software presenting the “3D with librations” mode
New texture of complete globe realized with Clementine high resolution photos by professor Mark S. Robinson and his team of the “Northwestern University”.
New more than 600 Far Side craters and formations descriptions
Database separated in three modules downloadable separately
“Nearside_Named” : “Named” craters and formations of the Near Side
“Nearside_Indiced” : “indiced / lettered” craters of the Near Side
“Farside_Named” : “Named” Craters and formations of the Far Side
Database corrections for some bad entries
New pictures library : “Moon Stars” 130 LOPAM pictures of the most famous lunar formations
August 15th 2003
VMA Web site is visited for 140 000 times and the “Download” page has been accessed 100 000 times.
May 15th 2003
Kitt Peak observatory uses now VMA for its public lectures involving the Moon.
May 10th 2003
“SKY and TELESCOPE” presents, in its June 2003 issue, a Gary Seronik article (“Three for the Moon” page 54) comparing two others lunar mapping softwares with VMA and which is also very positive for VMA.
April 15th 2003
“Astronomy magazine ” presents, in its May 2003 issue, a Richard Bartlett's article comparing two others lunar mapping softwares with VMA and which is very positive for VMA.
March 2003 Version 1.6
New more detailed 2D texture
Lunar disk orientation and inversion now possible in 2D display to see the Moon as you can observe it in your refractor or Newtonian
Phase improved appearance in 2D display
Distance and size measure tool now available in 2D display
New mapping texture. It's the best available from David Seals site. It shows you Moon details as in a 5 / 6 ” instrument.
New 3D texture display allowing quicker moves on the map.
Improved labels display on maps
Integrated notepad allowing to record your own notes on each formations.
Eyepiece vision simulation with possibility to enter your own eyepieces parameters.
Addition of about 120 pictures of some formations taken by other probes than Lunar Orbiter 4 and pictures of probes. Are included pictures from american Ranger, Lunar Orbiter 1,2,3,5, Surveyor and from soviet Luna and Lunakhod.
Begining of Clementine pictures series. Formations pictures taken by american probe “Clementine”. Presently, 140 pictures of nearside named formations “A” and”B“.
More than 5300 indiced craters ( Ex : Clavius D ) added - Creation of ” Independant reviews “ page.
Creation of ” Thanks “ page.
Creation of ” VMA History “ page (This one).
Creation of ” Authors and translators “ page.
Creation of VMA Users Forum .
Comparative review by Chuck Taylor, from ” Lunar observing Yahoo group “ presenting pluses and minuses of the three principal lunar software on the market including VMA.
VMA presentation at ” Société astronomique de France “, Planetary Observations Commission. To be included in CISAF CD-Rom project directed by Serge Koutchmy research director at Astrophysical Institute of Paris.
American magazine “SKY and TELESCOPE” briefly presents VMA in its article “Hot Products for 2003”.
VMA Review on Thierry Lombry site
VMA presentation during ” European Sky and Space Encounters 2002 “ organized by french magazine “Ciel & Espace”
October 31th 2002 Version 1.5 with:
Oriented and/or inverted 3D map to match exactly what you can observe in your refractor or in your telescope
Phase display even on 2D map
Formations names on maps depending of zoom factor
“Context” menu on mouse right click
Size and distance between formations tool on 3D map
Maps printing with captions setup
Formation data printing for selected formation
Ephemeris printing for selected period
2D full colors geological map
Lunar related terms glossary
Illustrated help including screens captures
Geological period of formation birth (From Pre-Nectarian to Copernician)
Pages of the excellent “Atlas of the lunar terminator” from John E. Westfall containing the formation
“Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon” pictures containing the formation with direct link to Lunar and Planetary Institute Web page
high resolution pictures of about 350 formations in the 45° N to 45° S zone taken duringApollo 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 et 17 missions from 1968 to1972
Possible integration of your electronic own CCD or webcam pictures in your pictures library
French magazine” CIEL & ESPACE “cotes VMA in a remarkable article about ” Apollo 17 “ mission.
VMA review on Rod Mollise site (“SKYWATCH ” founder).
September 28th 2002
New translations of VMA. Thanks to new voluntary free translators.
September 10th 2002
Article by Jacques Zufferey in the SAVAR bulletin (in French).
September 1st 2002
New translations of VMA. Thanks to voluntary free translators.
June 6th 2002
VMA version 1.0 on line
March to may 2002
Version 1.0 programmed by Patrick Chevalley
February 25th 2002
First contact of Christian Legrand with Patrick Chevalley. Virtual Moon Atlas (VMA) project presented.
1994 - 2001
1999 / 2001
APOLLO pictures library realized by Christian Legrand ( More than 2000 examined pictures and selection of the 400 “best of”).
1995 / 1999
LOPAM pictures library realized by Christian Legrand ( More than 3000 extracted pictures from the 640 atlas frames and selection of the 1200 “best of”).
“DB-Lune” Christian Legrand's software released with Etienne Lecoq's pictures. ( Review in French in ” Astronomie Québec “ ).
1992 / 1995
First lunar formations database realized by Christian Legrand (More than 1000 informations research hours and 1200 formations typed).
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