KML Guide

KML (Keyhole Markup Language) is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Maps for mobile.

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How do I use them?

Each of our MoonKAM images has a KML file associated with it. By downloading the KML file and using it in an application such as Google Earth (but set to the Moon setting), you can see a photograph placed on top of a three-dimensional model of the Moon in its actual location. In addition, we've grouped surrounding images with the image you are working with so that you will also see other MoonKAM images; we found that this gave helpful context to users.

Getting Started

  1. Download and install Google Earth (a free program).
  2. Find an image you would like to work with in the MoonKAM image gallery.
  3. Click the “download this KML file” link.
  4. You will be asked if you would like to run Google Earth; say yes.
  5. Change the Google Earth setting from the Earth to the Moon.
  6. On the left, under Places, you will see the new file (ccfid_XXXXX.kml). Clicking on the file will orient your camera to the images you are working with (note the KML file is a set of images, so you can expand that "folder" and click on any of the images within it to center).
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