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THE Moon has been revealed in incredible detail unlike anything we've seen before.

And we don't mean the latest photographs from space either.

Experts in China have painstakingly created a huge map of Earth's closest neighbour.

It took hundreds of scientists ten years for them to complete.

They've included more than 12,000 impact craters and 81 impact basins.

17 different rock types have also been factored in, as well as 14 types of structures.

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Other maps have been crafted in the past but none were to this standard.

The resolution is much greater than the previous map, coming in at a scale of 1:2,500,000.

Anyone can download the huge file online, which is almost 200MB large.

You can zoom in anywhere at unbelievable detail.

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The project was made possible by the Institute of Geochemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, after a lunar exploration program in 2004, Universe Today reports.

They had to divide the Moon into 30 quadrangles for it to work.

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"As syntheses of current knowledge on lunar geology and evolution history, lunar geologic maps are fundamental resources in science research, exploration planning, and landing site selection," experts said.

Their research was published in the Science journal.

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