44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission

44 years ago tomorrow, July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.

The best way to experience the landing is by viewing this amazing Google Earth tour that Sean Askay put together a few years ago.

As you can see in the tour, the landing that Armstrong made was remarkable. With very little fuel, he had to carefully maneuver the ship into a gentle landing. Paul van Dinther created a game to simulate the landing that he calls the Apollo 11 Moon Lander. The game is very fun, and quite challenging – here is a review written by Frank when it was released. Or watch this short video of the game in action:

Lastly, of course, is the excellent “Moon” feature in Google Earth, released in 2009. There is some remarkably sharp imagery in places on the moon, and even 3D models of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. The whole Moon stuff really was remarkable in 2009.

    Unfortunately, it no longer is. Many things about it were already known to be somewhat inaccurate four years ago, some colossaly so. And furthermore, since 2009 we got tons of amazingly excellent LRO imagery (Google Moon was partly introduced to be in line with the fresh “first look” LRO imagery of the landing sites at that time for the 40th landing anniversary), and all sorts of new research and findings on the Moon, but Google does absolutely nothing to incorporate this. Google Moon has barely been touched since, and still is that somewhat inaccurate, half-baked approach that it was in 2009. In stark contrast to that, Google Mars has been regularly improved all the time and updated with the latest new findings and landings. Maybe Google thinks Mars is “sexier” than this Moon of ours where humans have actually visited already, but whatever it is, it’s obvious Google doesn’t really care much at all for its “Moon” product.

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