Monday, July 20, 2009

View the Moon in Google Earth

Today, on the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, Google announced the addition of moon imagery to Google Earth. To view the moon imagery and to view tours of the moon in Google Earth simply select "moon" from the planet menu in the Google Earth toolbar.

Some of the coolest features of Google Earth moon are the layers based on different Apollo missions as well as the embedded video footage recorded at the moon. The best places to learn about all of the cool Google Earth moon options is on the Google Lat Long Blog, on the Google Earth Blog, and in the video embedded below.

Applications for Education
This might be the best enhancement to Google Earth since the launch of Google Earth 5.0. The imagery and tours of the moon will be great for students to explore in science classes.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Restored Videos of the First Moon Landing
Solar Eclipse Simulation in Google Earth
Google Earth Links You Might Have Missed