There was a time when we didn’t know much about our own moon, but almost 45 years after Neil Armstrong set foot on it, we know more about the rocky satellite orbiting the Earth than ever before
. With Google Earth, you can explore its surface, read up on the Moon’s make-up
and gain a better understanding of the politics behind the incredible race to get there. There are tours of the lunar landing sites and they are narrated by Apollo astronauts, giving you a clear insight from those who know the Moon best. There are 360-degree panoramas and 3D models of rovers and landers to look at and admire. You can even watch rare footage of the Apollo missions. You will be able to see the footprints the astronauts left, and experience the Moon as if you’d landed there.
See satellite images of the Moon
1: Find the Moon
Click on the planet icon in the top bar and select the Moon. You’ll be able to view a satellite image of the Moon and now you can start to explore it.
2: The red boxes
Red boxes offer extra information about sites of interest. Here we can see an image and explanation of the Sulpicius Gallus Formation.
3: Take a tour
Look in the Layers box on the left and you can start to play around with the Guided Tours. There are two: one for Apollo 11 and another for Apollo 17.
4: USSR v USA
The space race is shown in detail by a series of flags. Clicking one will show you the different human artifacts put on the Moon by different countries.