To mark the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Nasa and Google have launched Moon in Google Earth, an interactive 3D atlas of the moon, viewable with Google Earth.

The Moon in Google Earth has been developed by Google, the Nasa Ames Intelligent Robotics Group and the SETI Institute under Nasa’s Planetary Content project.

The application will allow users to explore a virtual moonscape, follow guided tours with astronauts Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11) and Jack Schmidt (Apollo 17) and view previously unreleased footage of the lunar surface.

All Nasa data sets used in the application are included on a non-exclusive basis and the application features current and historic content about the moon.

Users will be able to access Apollo-era geologic and topographic maps, overlaid satellite imagery and detailed descriptions of selected areas on the moon from Arizona State University’s ‘Lunar Image of the Week’.

The imagery will also include images of Apollo landing sites and photographs taken by the Apollo Metric Camera, the Clementine and the Lunar Orbiter spacecraft.

Moon in Google Earth further offers information on the various types of exploratory equipment left by humans on the moon and where those objects can be found today.

The data sets for the Google application were developed with the support of the United States Geologic Survey (USGS), Arizona State University and the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency provided terrain data from the Kaguya orbiter. is also offering special commemorative images of the first moon landing. See the pictures here or download your own copy at