Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Google Moon Rocks My Inner Spaceman... Man...

It's the 40th anniversary of our nations first steps on the moon! I was four years old when this occurred, but I can still remember it vividly. Thanks Mom, for plopping us kids down in front of our TV to watch this historic event.

Google Earth 5.0 now has the ability to explore our tiny orbiting friend... just select "Moon" from the top toolbar and you're set to explore. There's archival pictures and footage, 3D models of the landing craft, tours, and much much more. The Apollo 11 mission really spurred my interest in all things space. It's cool to go back to it in such an interactive way. Landing on the moon was a pivotal moments in American history, so I'm happy that NASA and Google paired up to capture these missions. The moon is incredibly relevant to modern society, culture, art and literature. Take a moment this week to stare at it from your yard - still fascinating.

Somewhere Major Matt Mason is slowly deteriorating in his rubberized flight suit, sipping a martini and toasting the Apollo 11 crew...

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