Google has revamped their Google Moon maps site. You can see a little astronaut icons with info bubbles for specific moonlanding sites. Also, the “cheese surface” easter egg, it was showing for the highest moon zoom level has been removed.
Google Lat Long blog say —”we’ve released a new version of Google Moon, one that fully eclipses its predecessor. This update brings higher-resolution map imagery, text search, and photos and stories from every Apollo landing. We even included Street View-style panoramas of the moon’s surface, taken by the Apollo astronauts … something you won’t see anywhere else. And last but certainly not least, we tossed in scientific charts that are good enough for actual mission planning and science classrooms alike. Check out the about page for more info on all of these features.”
Blogoscoped —”In other space news, Google is sponsoring the Lunar X-Prize with $30 million to push private moon landings (update: … of a robot, that is), they say, and according to several other sources, is using a NASA-owned runway to land their private jet nowadays. (Google by and large is pretty space-obsessed: they also have a SpaceShipOne replica hanging in the stairwell of Googleplex building 43, celebrating the first privately funded human spaceflight.)”
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