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Originally published Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 12:00 AM

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Want a tour of the moon? Just Google it

Anyone with an Internet connection will soon be able to get three-dimensional maps of the moon, or real-time tracking of the space shuttle...

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — Anyone with an Internet connection will soon be able to get three-dimensional maps of the moon, or real-time tracking of the space shuttle, after NASA agreed Monday to give more of its imagery and information to Google.

The agreement marks another step in a partnership announced last year when Google unveiled plans to build a 1 million-square-foot campus at NASA's Ames Research Center.

Ames will feed Google its weather forecasting information, three-dimensional maps of the moon and Mars, and real-time tracking of the international space station and space-shuttle flights.

"This agreement ... will soon allow every American to experience a virtual flight over the surface of the moon or through the canyons of Mars," NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said in a statement.

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