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Google Moon (originally a browser application) is a feature of Google Earth that shows satellite images and allows for the exploration of the Moon. It was announced and demonstrated to a group of invited guests by Google along with Buzz Aldrin at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and was released on July 20, 2009, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. The landing sites of each of the Apollo missions are shown on the satellite image, providing more information on each mission as the user zooms in.

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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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