The Launch of Google Moon

It was 36 years ago today when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon while Michael Collins circled overhead. I remember it like it was just yesterday. This five year old was glued to his television in suburban Chicago watching history. To celebrate the historic event Google has not only put up a special logo on all of their home pages but they’re also releasing Google Moon.

That’s right space fans, you’re now able to use the same technology that you’ll find at Google Maps and Google Earth to wander around the Moon.

In many cases you’re unable to zoom-in very close. This is due to NASA providing Google with a limited data set. If you do zoom-in and imagery isn’t available, Google Moon does get a bit cheesy. (-:

Btw, the FAQ points out that on July 20, 2069, Google will be ready to integrate local listings into the Google Moon product. It will be interesting to watch and see if another search provider tries to launch a local search product for the moon before 2069.(-:

I wonder if MSN Virtual “Moon” or Yahoo “Solar System” is in the works?

On a related note…Want to learn more about the flight of Apollo 11? You’ll find some great material (images, timelines, etc.) here and here. Video clips of the flight here.

Want to learn more about the astronauts? Ask Jeeves has Smart Search results available for Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

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