PHOTOS: Apollo 11 Among Landmarks in Google's New Moon

PHOTOS: Apollo 11 Among Landmarks in Google's New Moon
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In addition to all things Apollo, the new Moon in Google Earth includes a feature for finding the odds and ends left on the moon by several countries' space programs. Above, a 3-D model of the Soviet lunar rover Lunokhod 2, which deployed in 1973, sits at a point along its historic path.

According to NASA, Lunokhod 2 operated for about four months, during which time it covered 23 miles (37 kilometers) of terrain and sent back more than 80,000 TV pictures.

Google's Moon also includes the locations and some models of craft from China, India, Japan, and the European Union. The models were created using another Google program called SketchUp, which anyone using the Google Earth tool can access.

Google Earth "is a platform, not just a product," said Moon project manager Michael Weiss-Malik. Anyone can add their own content, including building models or dropping in new photos and video.

"NASA [for example] embraces it as a tool for its scientists to talk to each other and the public," Weiss-Malik added.

—Image courtesy Google
 
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