Apollo 11 mission to be projected onto Washington Monument

Lawrence Kim
July 11, 2019

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. A new augmented reality feature lets you explore a 3D rendering of the cockpit that took the spacemen to the lunar surface in 1969.

"Almost 50 years ago, the Apollo 11 mission captivated the world as two American astronauts were the first to step foot on the moon, forever changing space exploration", said Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

According to Google, this is the first time it has added a cultural artefact in AR feature on Search, which debuted in May. In order to do so, the user has to just search for "Apollo 11" from their AR-enable mobile device, they will then see the option to see the module in 3D which can be zoomed in and checked out from various angles. Another AR experience planned for later this month will offer a close-up look at Armstrong's spacesuit.

"Through House Joint Resolution 60, Congress requested a one-time series of arrangements for displays on the National Mall and the Washington Monument to showcase this incredible achievement in our nation's history, and we're pleased to partner with the National Air and Space Museum so all can relive the moment".

Users would get to explore 20 new stories about lesser-known aspects of the mission and the people who contributed to it, Google said in a blog post. 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".

On July 15, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's launch to the moon, Google plans to add several new tours and quizzes to Google Earth.

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