COOPER'S TOPOGRAPHIC LUNAR MAP.
REMARKS ON NOT COMMANDING A LUNAR MISSION.
Mare Nectaris Mare Imbrium. Color lithographed lunar map in modified stereographic projection by the Army Map Service, Corps of Engineers. Edition 1, first printing, February 1962. Tinted primarily tan, orange, and brown. 52 x 41 inches. Scale 1:2,5000,000 with contour intervals every 1,000 meters.
A very early lunar chart designed to assist geologic studies with a lunar name index on the reverse side. All named features in each one degree area have their associated selenodetic reference coordinates. Features were compiled from stereophotographic methods from photographs taken at the Paris Observatory between 1896 to 1907.
With GORDON COOPER'S signed provenance letter which reads: "This Topographic Lunar Map chart titled Mare Nectaris Mare Imbrium was made when I was training in the Mercury Program back in 1962. It covers an area of the Moon between 40 degrees North and South latitude, 320 degrees to 0, and 0 to 40 degrees longitude. Featured are prominent craters, the highland areas, and mare. It is interesting to note that all the manned lunar landings occurred on the area covered by this chart. I used many charts like this during my geology training in preparations for Apollo, where I served as back-up commander for Apollo 10. I hoped to command my own mission to the Moon but the reduced number of Apollo mission and the astronaut office politics of those days dictated otherwise. This chart is inscribed with GC-12 on the lower right corner."