Monday, 13 Jul, 2009 Technology

Website Reconstructs Apollo 11 Moon Mission in Real Time


Soon people will have the possibility to watch the mission of Apollo11 recreated in real time over the Internet . In addition, everyone who has Twitter account will follow Twitter feeds that will include messages exchanged between Mission Control and the spacecraft. Besides, users will receive and e-mail alert as soon as the spacecraft lands on the surface of the moon. All of the above mentioned represents a part of a new site elaborated by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum that will honor the mission of Apollo11 and the support of John F. Kennedy in the competition where the number one prize was the first step of a human on the surface of the moon.

It is worth mentioning that Thursday, July 16, 2009, at 8:02 a.m. the website called will go live, the transmission starting 90 minutes prior to the 40th anniversary of the spacecraft's launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The website will monitor the route of the capsule from the point of launch to the Moon. The transmission will show Apollo's landing and the great step for humanity in real time, but four decades later (here at we gladly support the idea and will follow the mission along with many other users). The name of the website was inspired from Kennedy's speech given in 1962 that included the words: "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard [..] because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept […] and one which we intend to win."

Users will be shown the animated recreations of the main events that took place during the mission of Apollo11 that lasted four days. Some of the events will include the first time the spacecraft orbits the moon and the separation of the lunar module from the command module. In addition, Internet visitors can browse various video clips and images and even listen to the radio transmission between NASA flight controllers and Armstrong's team.

The initial goal of the website is to allow people to experience the thrill of the entire mission to the Earth's natural satellite, at the sate time its developers attempt to inspire people to take steps towards fighting the problem the world faces today, including global warming and poverty.

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