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google_earth_moon.jpgYou may have noticed that it’s the fortieth anniversary of the moon landing today. To celebrate, Google has added the ol’ ball of cheese to Google Earth.

You’ll need the latest version of the all-conquering atlas, 5.0, to download the moon maps. They allow you to roam over the surface of Selene (little bit of alliteration for you mythology buffs there) and follow guided tours from astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Jack Schmitt.

There are also some panoramic “street view” shots and video clips, and the option to overlay the surface with old NASA planning charts that show landing sites and areas where “artefacts” have been left behind.

“Forty years ago, two human beings walked on the moon. Starting today, with Moon in Google Earth, it’s now possible for anyone to follow in their footsteps,” said Michael Weiss-Malik, a product manager at Google.

“We’re giving hundreds of millions of people around the world unprecedented access to an interactive 3D presentation of the Apollo missions.”