Google Recreates Apollo 11 Command Module in AR to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

11 July, 2019, 18:20 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • By Lee Grant Cyril Fenwick Communications Operator with his Apollo 11 Saturn V SA-506 model rocket

Each location will feature select items from the Apollo 11 moon mission and a chance to win a museum pass for a year. The digitally projected image of the Apollo 11 mission rocket will also include s special "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" event that will take place on July 19 and 20 when a 17-minute program will play on nearby screens, recreating the iconic launch of Apollo 11 and detailing the story surrounding the first ever moon landing.

The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. launches from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969.

According to Google, users can now see the command module of the Apollo 11 in zoomable 3D-mode via the augmented reality (AR) search feature which made its debut earlier this year in May.

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To celebrate the milestone, when users would Google search Apollo 11 on an AR-enabled device, they would see an AR option in the Knowledge Panel and tapping on it would let users explore a 3D recreation of the command module, Engadget reported on Wednesday. "We hope this is just the beginning of your space explorations", Google said. Another AR experience planned for later this month will offer a close-up look at Armstrong's spacesuit.

The projection is designed by 59 Productions, an global team made up of artists, architects, and technologists that has brought multi-media events to the Guggenheim Bilbao museum and Edinburgh Castle, among other notable structures. For example, one chronicles the contributions of computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who created the onboard software for Apollo 11 and helped coin the term "software engineering".

Google has also added 40 new exhibits on Apollo 11 to it Arts & Culture section, including CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite's reflections on humankind's first steps on the moon, as well as a lesson on how to put on a space suit.

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