For the new Moon in Google Earth, the U.S. Geological Survey
contributed its series of Apollo-era charts detailing the moon's geologic features, such as the colorized mineral map seen above.
By incorporating these and other historic pictures, the new software "allows millions of people to see the moon through the eyes of Apollo astronauts," first female space tourist Anousheh Ansari said during a July 20, 2009, press briefing.
But at least one Apollo icon thinks the project may have people looking in the wrong direction.
"I'd like to see Google move out a 3-D model of [Mars's moon] Phobos," Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin
told the crowd. "Let's inspire young people not to look at the past, but at 2031, when we could land on Mars."
Image courtesy Google