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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Google Earth 5.0 now incorporates the landscape and terrain of our closest and dearest celestial relative, the Moon.

Earth's moon, often known as the Moon, or simply just 'Moon' for short, is the rocky, cooler companion to the star of our local cosmic show, the Sun. And if you're familiar with Google Earth 5.0, you'll know what to expect of its appearance within this update.

It's a fully navigable 3D model of the satellite and its surface, built from detailed, stitched images, panoramic photography, video footage and audible guided tours from Apollo astronauts, including Apollo 11 'naut Buzz Aldrin.

It seems the whole moon can be explored, though low-resolution imagery inhibits the close-up investigation of many zones. But for all the important areas and craters we examined, it's just a matter of clicking on whichever rock, lump, crater or grey thing piques your curiosity.

Take Apollo 16's landing site, for example. If we zoom in close enough we're given a pile of pinpoints to highlight areas of particular interest, one of which shows a panoramic image taken of Apollo 16's commander John Young, and his lunar Rover. Google Earth will let you fly, a la Street View, into this panorama and explore it from the perspective of the camera and lens which took the photo way back in 1972.

Really, the best way to see what's new in this update is to download the software for free, and get exploring. But over the next few pages we've captured a few examples of what to expect from Moon in Google Earth, including 3D models of some of the junk we've left stranded up there, almost 240,000 miles away from our home planet.

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Guided by the voice of Buzz Aldrin, Google Earth 5.0 can now take you on a virtual tour of the Moon's surface, complete with 3D modelling of spacecraft and astronauts.
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Street View-esque panoramic photography makes 'street-level' navigation even more fun.
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Many spacecraft have been sketched up in 3D and plotted on the Moon's surface, according to where they're currently sitting on our Moon. This is Luna 17 and its rover, Lunakhod 1. The rover transmitted 20,000 pictures and 206 high-res panoramic photos over 322 Earth days.
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This is the Apollo 16 landing site, along with appropriate pinpoints of interesting stuff to look at.
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