Amazing! Working with NASA, Google now lets you explore a 3D Moon; Check Apollo 11 landing site, more | Tech News

Amazing! Working with NASA, Google now lets you explore a 3D Moon; Check Apollo 11 landing site, more

Google, in collaboration with NASA, now lets you explore a 3D model of the Moon on your desktop and smartphone. You can explore historic locations like the Apollo 11 landing site, Lunar far side, Mendeleev crater and more.

| Updated on: Sep 15 2022, 17:05 IST
In Pics: NASA set to return to the Moon with the Artemis 1 Mission
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1/5 According to NASA, Artemis I will be the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. The Orion capsule will carry various objects like Snoopy dog toy which will fly as a zero-gravity indicator in the capsule. A new version of Alexa called Callisto created by Lockheed Martin, Amazon, and Cisco will also be aboard the spacecraft. (REUTERS)
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2/5 The Artemis Programme is NASA’s first attempt to send a manned mission to the Moon since the Apollo missions in 1972. Earlier this month, NASA administrator Bill Nelson said, “To all of us that gaze up at the Moon, dreaming of the day humankind returns to the lunar surface, folks, we're here. We are going back.” (REUTERS)
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3/5 The rocket and the Orion spacecraft have already been rolled out onto the launchpad on August 16. Although the rollout was scheduled to happen today on August 18, NASA moved up the plans and rolled out the Orion spacecraft on top of NASA’s brand-new Space Launcher System. (REUTERS)
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4/5 When NASA launches the Artemis 1 mission using the Space Launcher System on August 29, the Orion spacecraft, although unmanned, will carry 3 manikins called Zohar, Helga and Campos to space as human stand-ins for various tests and studies. They will be retrofitted with a vast number of sensors to conduct tests regarding the spaceflight. (NASA)
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5/5 ason Hutt, NASA lead for Orion Crew Systems Integration said, “It’s critical for us to get data from the Artemis I manikin to ensure all of the newly designed systems, coupled with an energy dampening system that the seats are mounted on, integrate together and provide the protection crew members will need in preparation for our first crewed mission on Artemis II.” (NASA)
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In collaboration with NASA, Google lets you check out the 3D model of Moon and check important sites. (Google)

Gone are the days when you had to flip through pages of encyclopedias or sift through walls of text to see those elusive images of the Moon and had to settle for whatever the camera captured. Now Google has partnered with NASA to bring 3D models of planets, Moon and important spacecrafts directly to your smartphone and laptops. You can not only see the entire celestial body in its three-dimensional avatar but also zoom into it and rotate it to check out every little detail. To make it even more informative, you can also see important sites within the celestial body. The Moon, for example, highlights the Apollo 11 landing site, Lunar far side, Mendeleev crater and more.

Google, powered by NASA, lets you explore the Moon

Now you too can feel like an astronaut as you dive deep into the valleys and mountains of the lunar surface. Announcing this new feature, Sundar Pichai tweeted, “Excited to partner with @NASA to bring 3D models of planets, moons and spacecraft to Google Search (and in AR on mobile too!), along with a new @googlearts project exploring our solar system”.

To see it in action, all you need to do is go to Google homepage on either your smartphone or laptop and type in the name of the celestial body you want to see. Typing Moon will open a page about the Moon. And right beneath the Google information box (on the desktop version it will be on the right side), you will see an option to ‘view in 3D'. Clicking on it will take you to another page where you can see a 3D Moon model that you can rotate and zoom into. It also comes with an AR mode on smartphones that lets you bring the Moon directly inside your home.

Additionally, the Moon has also been marked with various spots which hold importance for us. For example, you can see the exact spot where the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed. It was the same spacecraft that took Neil Armstrong, the first person to step on the Moon. Apart from that, you also get to see the Tycho crater, Mendeleev crater, Lunar far side, China's Chang'e-4 spacecraft landing site and much more.

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First Published Date: 15 Sep, 17:05 IST