As mentioned by GEB on July 9th, Google is making a big announcement today in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. If you re-start Google Earth right now, you can see the Moon in 3D! Look for the little planet icon in the upper middle of Google Earth and you’ll see a new option “Moon“. The new moon in Google Earth changes the virtual globe into a 3D rendition of the moon. The terrain of the moon is in 3D and there are layers telling you more about the moon.
Here’s my first screenshot of the new 3D moon in Google Earth – showing the Apollo 11 landing site:
The first thing you should check out in the new Google Earth moon mode is the awesome Apollo 11 tour found in the layers under: Moon Gallery->Guided Tours->Apollo 11. This tour is narrated by Andrew Chaiken and Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and is one of the best illustrations of the Apollo 11 mission I’ve seen to date!
The official announcement doesn’t start until 11 AM. I’ll be tweeting the event at http://twitter.com/gearthblog Expect more in posts later today. But, right now, re-load Google Earth and look for the moon!
Here is a YouTube video introduction of Moon in Google Earth by Google:
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[UPDATE: Here is Google’s official announcement of Moon in Google Earth]