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Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters - Book for Visually Impaired To Learn About The Moon

Author: NASA

Published: 2011-07-20 : (Rev. 2017-12-24)

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NASA has released a free book for visually impaired people to experience the wonders of the moon.

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NASA has released a new book for visually impaired people to experience the wonders of the moon.

Called "Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters," the 17-page book features Braille and tactile diagrams of the lunar surface, craters and peaks.

The book was created and funded by NASA's Lunar Science Institute (NLSI), at Moffett Field, Calif.

The author is David Hurd, a space science professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edinboro, Pa.

The book "Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters" was created with the NLSI and features tactile diagrams of the lunar surface designed to educate the blind and visually impaired about the wonders of Earth's moon.

"This book is one giant step for humankind, making lunar science visible through touch and sound," NLSI Director Yvonne Pendleton said. "NASA is committed to the development of resources to bring lunar science into the world of those who cannot see."

NLSI is a virtual organization that enables collaborative, interdisciplinary research in support of NASA lunar science programs.

The institute uses technology to bring scientists together around the world and comprises competitively selected U.S. teams and several international partners.

NASA's Science Mission Directorate and the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate in Washington fund NLSI, which is managed by NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif.

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