"One Small Step...": Google Doodle Celebrates 50 Years Of Moon Landing

Katie Ramirez
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.

So why not celebrate that anniversary with this fresh as hell Google Doodle? Their historic journey began when a Saturn V rocket blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.

The ESA project is set for a highly eccentric "halo" orbit around the Moon, perpendicular to the Earth (rectilinear), which is carefully calculated to minimize fuel use while providing the optimal view of the lunar surface for analysis, making it easier for manned missions to do their work with fewer potentially risky maneuvers. Michael Collins, Apollo 11's command module pilot, will be your co-pilot and narrator on the trip.

Dutch Supreme Court upholds Srebrenica liability
The court said the state had 10% liability, as this was the probability that its soldiers could have prevented the killings. In 2002, a report into the Netherlands' role at Srebrenica caused the entire Dutch government to resign.

The first was that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had lost radio contact with Earth, after the onboard computer showed unfamiliar error codes. Returning safely to Earth on July 25, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew were followed by 10 more astronauts, with the final mission taking place in 1972. 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.

This is hardly the first time NASA has been forced to push back its SLS launch plans, and had the original timeline been possible we'd have already seen at least one SLS flight today. He took me down our garden, pointed up to the moon and explained that people were actually walking on the lunar surface right then.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER