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vailable in digital form on the internet. These important images can now be viewed by everyone at a NASA-funded web site established by the USGS Astrogeology Program in Flagstaff, Arizona where mapping of planets continues to be a primary function. A series of five NASA missions orbited the Moon in 1966 and 1967 to photograph the Moon and assist the Apollo Program in finding safe places for humans to land. As photographic prints, these images have long been available to lunar scientists and they were invaluable in planning and understanding the Apollo mission science data. Now these same photos are available to the general public via the web.

To view the images, go to: http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Projects/LunarOrbiterDigitization/.

For more information, call Catherine Puckett at 707-442-1329.

STORY SEEDS

Getting to the Heart of Geography With Valentines Day just around the corner, it's time to start wondering: How many places names have the word "Heart" in them? Turns out there are 316, ranging from Heart Mountain in Alaska to Heartstrong in Colorado to Hearts Content in Pennsylvania; there are 95 place names alone that have "Heart Lake" in them. As for "Valentine," it appears in 129 place names. Seem like a frivolous government function? The USGS Geographic Names Information System (http://geonames.usgs.gov/index.html), the searchable database from which such information can be derived (use the "Query GNIS" feature), is a very serious function that contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States and its territories. The federally recognized name of each feature described in the database is identified, and references are made to a feature's location by state, county and geographic coordinates. The GNIS is our Nation's official reposito
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Contact: Butch Kinerney
bkinerney@usgs.gov
703-648-4732
United States Geological Survey
9-Feb-2004


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