On July 20, 1969, man first landed on the Moon. A few decades later, Google is pleased to cut you in on the action. Google Moon is an extension of Google Maps and Google Earth that, courtesy of NASA imagery (thanks, guys!), enables you to surf the Moon's surface and check out the exact spots that the Apollo astronauts made their landings.
- Why is Google doing this?
Because we couldn't think of a better way to commemorate the first lunar landing, which occurred on July 20, 1969, than to give our users an opportunity to surf around the lunar surface themselves.
- Why can't I see the surface in more detail?
Google Moon only has as much data as NASA was able to give us, so there are limitations (for now) on how close to the surface we can zoom.
- What happens if I try to zoom too close?
Well, you'll have to go and find out, won't you?
- Is Google Moon a result of Google's Copernicus initiative?
Glad you asked, and yes, the development of our lunar hosting and research center continues apace. We usually don't announce future products in advance, but in this case, yes, we can confirm that on July 20th, 2069, in honor of the 100th anniversary of mankindÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first manned lunar landing, Google will fully integrate Google Local search capabilities into Google Moon, which will allow our users to quickly find lunar business addresses, numbers and hours of operation, among other valuable forms of Moon-oriented local information.
Looks good and don't forget to zoom in 100 % to learn more about the moon surfac! ;-)
Cheers ~ Arne