Google to celebrate 50th anniversary of moon landing with new ‘experiences’

  • Google to celebrate 50th anniversary of moon landing with new ‘experiences’

Google to celebrate 50th anniversary of moon landing with new ‘experiences’

As the nationwide effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing kicks off, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. has unveiled plans to project a representation of a Saturn V rocket onto the Washington Monument.

"On the anniversary of the Moon landing, we're bringing you new ways to learn about this milestone of human achievement, including new perspectives and stories that celebrate the lesser-known figures who made it happen", the blog post added.

According to Google, this is the first time it has added a cultural artefact in AR feature on Search, which debuted in May.

A zoomable view of the Apollo 11 command module, as seen via Google's AR in Search feature.

"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 in the press release. Another AR experience planned for later this month will offer a close-up look at Armstrong's spacesuit.

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will project the image of a full-scale, 363-foot Saturn V rocket directly onto the east face of the Washington Monument next weekend, the museum announced.

Many people are pretty familiar with the highlights and major players in the Apollo program, and Google's collaboration with the Smithsonian aims to expand that knowledge with 20 new visual Stories in Search that use photos and videos to highlight lesser-known people and details of the missions.

It was only due to Hamilton's software that the Apollo 11 lunar module's system could manage the information it was receiving and safely land on the lunar surface.

Towards the end, the massive projection will be accompanied by a special 17-minute show, "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon", that recreates the launch of Apollo 11.