Moon in Google Earth


>>…and on the surface. [ unintelligible ]>>Okay, you’re right.
Al is on the surface. And it’s been a long way, but we’re here.>>SCHMITT: I’m Jack Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut
and geologist. I flew to the moon in December of 1972 and
landed in the valley of Taurus-Littrow. The valley of Taurus-Littrow is deeper than
the Grand Canyon or the Colorado– mountains 7,000 feet high on both sides.
Of course, there’s no atmosphere on the moon, and so the normal blue sky that we’re used
to seeing here on Earth was absent. But that black sky and the beautiful planet
Earth, hanging over one side of the valley, is an image that I take with me forever.
With the Moon in Google Earth, let me invite all of you to tour the moon as I did when
Apollo 17 visited the valley of Taurus-Littrow.>>LEW: Hi, this is Ed Lew, Google’s resident
astronaut. Let me show you how to take a virtual trip
to the moon. To switch from Earth to the moon in Google
Earth, go to the top toolbar and select “Moon.” Now, you’ll be able to explore the moon and
moon-related content in the left panel layers. With historical charts, you can explore actual
planning charts of the moon from the Apollo missions.
These high resolution maps were used for astronaut training and by Mission Control during the
lunar missions. Clicking the “Human Artifacts” layer displays
those objects humans have left on the moon, including 3D models of spacecraft.
In the left panel, you’ll see links to the six Apollo landing sites on the moon.
Double click Apollo 11 and zoom in and see it in more detail.
Once you arrive, you can: watch video clips of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon
and many other signigicant mission moments; view 3D models of mission spacecraft, like
the Apollo 11 lunar module “Eagle”; and see panoramic imagery taken by the astronauts
themselves of the moon’s surface, like this picture of Buzz Aldrin next to the lunar module.
Speaking of Buzz, he’s here to give you a guided tour of the moon in case you get lost.
To play Buzz’s tour, open the Apollo 11 folder and double click his tour to begin.
You can start and stop at any time of you want to explore specific parts of the moon
on your own. We’ve also included a tour from Jack Schmitt.
He’ll take you through the sites that he visited with fellow Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan.
We hope the Moon in Google Earth helps you explore the moon in new and different ways.>>SCHMITT: The essential ingredient for human
beings is being there. Come with me to the moon with Moon in Google
Earth.

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