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Google Earth Now Includes Moon, Lunar Landing Happening 40 Years Ago Today

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By Evan Ackerman

Today is the 40th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon, and Google has added a new moon feature to Google Earth, allowing you to zoom around the moon and take tours of the landing sites narrated by the astronauts themselves. If you have Google Earth 5.0 installed, you can get to the moon by clicking the planet button on the top toolbar and selecting the moon. If not, you can download Google Earth for free, here.

If you weren’t lucky enough to be alive on July 20, 1969, you can experience the landing in real time at http://wechoosethemoon.org/. The site takes a little while to load, but it’s streaming live radio transmissions from Apollo 11, timeshifted by 40 years. It’s awesome… And not just the “wow, that’s awesome” sort of awesome. It’s the sort of awesome where the “awe” really means something.

Apollo 11 lands in 45 minutes.







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  • newsfanatic

    The video at http://www.newsy.com/videos/moonstruck_40_years… started with a clip from http://wechoosethemoon.org/, and it looked pretty impressive. I haven't checked out the latter yet, but I think I will now.

    Hopefully we can do something almost as impressive, whether it be establishing a base on the moon or putting a man on Mars, sometime in our lifetime.

  • newsfanatic

    The video at http://www.newsy.com/videos/moonstruck_40_years… started with a clip from http://wechoosethemoon.org/, and it looked pretty impressive. I haven't checked out the latter yet, but I think I will now.

    Hopefully we can do something almost as impressive, whether it be establishing a base on the moon or putting a man on Mars, sometime in our lifetime.