July 20, 2009--
It's one small step for Google, one giant leap for moon lovers everywhere.
Today the software giant released Moon in Google Earth
, the newest interactive atlas in its popular 3-D globe mapping tools. Google Earth 5.0 users can access the free program, which is assembled from images taken by several orbiters and observatories. Moon allows users to zoom in on historic places--such as the model of the Apollo 11 landing site shown above--go on virtual re-enactments of moon missions, and fly over lunar craters, valleys, and mountains.
The Apollo moon missions "ushered in what I think has been the most extraordinary period of technological capabilities for mankind," Alan Eustace, Google's senior vice president for engineering and research, said today at a press briefing in Washington, D.C.
"This is our chance to share with the entire world a look back at 40 years ago and what our technology was capable of."
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Image courtesy Google