Google plans to unveil 3D Moon Mapping Tool (July 11, 2009) — Google is preparing to embark a new type of mission, and is going to launch the three-dimensional moon-mapping utility tool, the newest addition to Google Earth, and it’s scheduled for July 20.

3D moonJuly 20 marks the 40-year anniversary of NASA’s first landing on the moon. It was that day in 1969 when Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong took one small step in moon.

Google has Armstrong’s fellow Apollo 11 crew member Buzz Aldrin on-board, along with Andrew Chaikin, a space writer who’s written extensively about Apollo and the moon.

NASA has collected lunar maps and images with its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA has with Google — and you can see why some sort of advanced Google Earth moon mapping appears to be a logical destination.

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