Early VersionThe 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.
The current version of Google Moon has three modes.
Apollo provides information about each of the Apollo missions, including placemarks, maps, images, video, and Street View-style panoramas, all provided by NASA.
This mode provides the satellite imagery for the Moon, provided by the Clementine mission.
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
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.
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