This year marks the 50th anniversary of the arrival of man on the moon, which took place on July 20, 1969, and was one of the most important days in the living memory of space exploration. The conquest of our only natural satellite was a technological triumph that aroused the curiosity of millions of people around the world, and that still captivated the imagination of adults and children, encouraging a spirit of curiosity and exploration.
Within the framework of the celebrations, Google wants us to learn more about this moment in history and also commemorate those lesser-known figures that made it possible, with a series of interactive elements, documents, stories and information. Also, thanks to the progress of technology, now you can enjoy an experience in augmented reality (AR), thanks to the collaboration with the National Museum of Air and Space of the Smithsonian Institute of the United States.
How to enjoy an interactive experience in AR
In the new interactive augmented reality experience, you will be able to learn about the command module that brought Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins to the Moon. To start, you simply have to search for “Apollo 11” on your mobile device and have your AR experience enabled. In doing so, you will have the option to see the module in 3D, and you can even interact with it, approaching it to analyze it from all angles.
The most interesting thing is that you can bring the command module to the room where you are, to get a better idea of what its real size was in relation to other things around you.
Also, later this month, you can do the same with Neil Armstrong's space suit, allowing you to know first-hand what the astronauts used on the surface of the Moon. It is good that you take into account that this functionality is available globally in English, so you must change the language of the search engine to English to see it.
Those who made history
You can also take a visual tour of 20 new stories about the mission to the Moon directly from your Google search engine. When you do a space-related search, such as the Apollo 11 mission on your mobile device, see stories from the Smithsonian Institute about the mission, the spacecraft and the people who made it possible. All of these can be viewed in full screen, and you can click to see photos, videos and more information.
One of the most inspiring stories is the one that focuses on Margaret Hamilton, known for helping to clarify the term “software engineer” and create the program that was aboard Apollo 11. Among other things, this software made it possible for the system The lunar module could properly handle the information it was receiving and land safely on the lunar surface.
To extend its influence to the youngest, Margaret was even transformed into a Lego figure, as part of the Women of NASA kit, which celebrates the women who were an essential part of the space agency throughout the years.
In addition, Google Arts & Culture released 40 new documents on Apollo 11, such as Walter Cronkite's reflections on humanity's first steps, lessons on how to put on a space suit, or how to properly wrap food.
This, of course, joins the Google Doodle, which for this occasion was created in collaboration with NASA, and take you to share that historic experience in an interesting and interactive way. Through the Doodle you can make a trip to the Lunay and return to earth, thanks to a brief illustrated video that is narrated by Michael Collins, one of the three astronauts who were aboard Apollo 11.
No doubt there is much to learn, and even more elements were revealed from July 15, when Google Earth began to offer tours and various interactive topics to help you explore the Moon's mission, NASA and The world of space exploration.