Thanks for your nice (and insightful) response, SolidSC. I appreciate what you said about exploring new ideas and map-making concepts, but you give me too much credit. I think that we should be pushing to redefine what the role a custom map can play. So yes, I will continue to work on this, though I just moved back to school so I'll be a little slow to update or post in the coming weeks.
I also liked what you said about the financial troubles for NASA. You're absolutely right that there should be something gained from the operation. Whether that "something gained" is scientific knowledge or a products mined on the planetary surface, it better be something worth the billions of dollars that are spent for their acquisition. Perhaps the most valuable thing to try to gain from the operation is a sustainable, reusable base that can be expanded upon (sound like base-building/expanding in sc2?)