Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Utah - On the Moon: New Google Earth Map

Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin has announced, along with Google, that there has been new map content released for Google Earth to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the U.S. moon landing.

As many of you (who "lived through" the last "upgrade" of Google Earth when it completely broke all of our maps) can imagine, the first thing I did was to try it out. It works great… and it does NOT break our maps.

It doesn't seem to be an upgrade to the GE-5.0 program; rather, an expansion to the content database served up... and what a SERVING!

Click the button that looks like a planet with rings at the top and it will "fly you to the moon!" Once there you can navigate just like you were on the earth.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
Albert Einstein

There are lots and lots of tiny US flags (U.S. landings and crashings), many red flags (Russia's), a couple white/red dot flags (Japan's) and even a blue one (European Space Agency).

In addition, a grundle of landmarks are all labeled and there are red squares (panoramio like photos), blue squares (high definition fly bys from Japan's orbiter), little flag-holding spacemen icon's (Apollo space walks) AND even "you-tube" icons for videos of historic events.

There's even full graphic representations of the Apollo landers and voice-over tours! And, you can also see where they parked their ATV's.

One very interesting, I'm sure unintentional, phenomenon is that if you forget to turn off the moon and load an Offroading Home map file it will display. The Utah Offroading Trails, it turns out, is between the Landau, Lacchini and Petropavlovskiy craters right next to Razumov.

Remember, you need to have Google Earth to run the Offroading Home maps; so, if you haven't already, now is as good as time as any to upgrade to GE-5.0.

Learn A Little More

While very few people think that the moon will contain any lifeforms, there are a lot of people who think there well may be life (in some form) on a moon of Saturn. Here is a link to a TED talk by NASA scientist Carolyn Porco about Saturn's moon and possible life: http://www.ted.com/talks/carolyn_porco_could_a_saturn_moon_harbor_life.html


Dr J said...

Recieved via email from: Voulkg moslo

I tried to post a comment, but ran into an error on several attempts. The comment was:

"Given that life exists on earth, would a search for multiple life creating episodes on earth be fruitful? If it happened once on earth, has it happened more than once? What about the existence of noncarbon based life forms emanating from a place rich in carbon based life?"

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