Welcome to TIME Immersive's Apollo 11 'Landing on the Moon' Experience

James Marshall
July 19, 2019

The Apollo 11 simulation on which you're about to embark, which is the world's most accurate 3-D re-creation of the moon landing, is the result of TIME's partnership with the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, as well as years of painstaking research by Industrial Light and Magic CCO John Knoll.

Google Doodle came up with a short animated clip that recreates the launch of Apollo 11 and the first moon landing. Made "in partnership" with Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, the Doodle "will allow users to experience the journey to the Moon and back to Earth", according to a Google statement. The Saturn V rocket left the Kennedy Space Station in Florida, July 16, 1969, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The similar course would be traced by Artemis 2, crewed this time, as NASA wants to build their own spacecraft that by 2024 could transport astronauts to the surface of the moon. As millions watched on television anxiously, they steered the module to a chosen landing site in a crater known as the "Sea of Tranquility" on 20 July 1969.

Space exploration to this day owes a very big debt to Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Michael Collins and the 400,000 who gave their blood, sweat and tears for ensuring NASA's Apollo 11 mission place in history.

The three astronauts returned to Earth on July 25, 1969 and have become historic figures, not just because of the moon landing, but also because of numerous scientific breakthroughs that their journey resulted in. This includes both the landing procedure itself, complete with original audio from the 50 years ago, as well as a way to accompany Neil Armstrong as he took his first steps on the lunar surface.

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