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Google Moon

Google Moon
File:Google Moon logo.png
Web address
Type of site
Web mapping
Registration No
Available in Multilingual
Owner Google
Launched 2009
Current status Active

Google Moon is a service similar to Google Earth that shows satellite images of the Moon. It was launched by Google on July 20, 2009, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. The landing site of each of the Apollo missions is shown on the satellite image, providing more information on each mission as the user zooms in.

Early version

The first version of Google Moon only included low-resolution satellite imagery of the entire Moon, and when zoomed in too close, a Swiss cheese pattern would appear. The Swiss cheese pattern was used for the closest zoom levels before high-resolution images became available.[1]

Current version

The current version of Google Moon has three modes.

Apollo mode

Apollo provides information about each of the Apollo missions, including placemarks, maps, images, video, and Street View-style panoramas, all provided by NASA.

Visible mode

This mode provides the satellite imagery for the Moon, provided by the Clementine mission.[2]


This shows a false color rendering of the Moon's elevation.


A Charts layer is also available. This shows Apollo-era geologic and topographic charts for certain areas of the Moon's surface.

Moon View in Google Earth

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One of the lunar landers viewed in Google Moon

Google Earth 5 includes a separate globe of the moon, starting on July 20, 2009 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The maps are of a much higher resolution than those on the browser version of Google Moon and it also includes 3D renderings of the Moon terrain.

See also


  1. ^ "Google Confirms Moon Made of Cheese". October 6, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ About Google Moon

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