Let's be real here: we live on a beautiful planet. While some of our fascinations lie in what is beyond our rock in space, I think that we should take the time to appreciate what we're standing on. It is quite impossible that any one person can see all that this world has to offer, which is why Google Earth is so cool. Today marks the next step for exploring our homeworld by adding the virtual reality element with the appropriately named Earth VR.

This evolution offers some really neat features. You can fly over towns, cities, mountain ranges, and lakes — or out into space itself. Since there are about 197 million square miles to cover, Google has offered up some handpicked sights and tours for your viewing pleasure.

The app is available for free on Steam and is exclusive to the Vive for now. Other platforms will be added next year, according to the blog post.