Apollo 11 Takes to the Virtual Skies

One giant leap for mankind, indeed.

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Just as it did 40 years ago, at 9:32 AM ET this morning, Saturn V launched into the virtual skies, its destination… the Moon and history books everywhere.

Apollo 11 launch

Where were you when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the Moon? Tell us.

To honor the Apollo 11 mission you can re-live the entire launch, in real-time, via a full-featured flash website entitled "We Choose the Moon". The site, made possible by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum along with AOL, will feature all eleven stages of the original space mission.

Did you watch the launch on "We Choose the Moon"? Tell us.

The site provides information on the astronauts, various countdowns of mission stages, and even clickable icons, which show videos, images and much more.

We Choose the Moon has made it very easy to follow the mission. They have widgets for your desktop even some for both Facebook and MySpace. You can even follow the mission via Twitter with the three-seperate accounts that will keep you informed on various mission details:

Apollo 11 Spacecraft (@AP11_SPACECRAFT)
Houston Mission Control (@AP11_CAPCOM)
Eagle Lunar Module (@AP11_EAGLE)

The Twitter accounts are synched together to make it seem just like mission control, you can see an example of this below:

Tweet from Apollo 11 Spacecraft

Tweet from Apollo 11 CapCom

We Choose the Moon is a beautiful re-telling of one of the most important events in history. Kudos to the JFK Library and AOL for bringing this to the masses.

What do you think of this tribute? Let us know your thoughts.

Apollo 11 Takes to the Virtual Skies
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  • Avery McDoogal

    The online launch was really quite breathtaking, made me feel very nolstalgic.

    • Jeremy Muncy

      I agree.

      As I said in the article, the JFK library and AOL outdid themselves with this tribute website.

      Jeremy Muncy
      Follow me on Twitter twitter.com/jmuncy”>@jmuncy

  • Stephen Chapman

    At the time of the landing I was nine years old. We were on a family vacation in Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, Canada. The hotel we were in had tvs in all room but they were black and white. There was only one colour tv, in the lobby of the main hotel. Usually, all the kids were out and about at that time, trying to avoid the inevitable “time to come in” message from our moms. But on that night, I don’t recall anyone outside. EVERYONE, or so it seemed, was watching the tv. I can’t recall how many people were crowded into the lounge, but it was a lot. When Armstrong set foot on the moon, numerous cameras (may dad’s included) went off flooding the room with flashes. I’m sure they all turned out like my dad’s – a great picture of the TV set. I remember every thing about that moment and I have told my kids and students about it but they cannot feel the same way.

    • Jeremy Muncy

      That’s really fascinating.

      Hopefully some more people will share their memories of Neil Armstrong’s historic lunar walk.

      Jeremy Muncy
      Follow me on Twitter twitter.com/jmuncy”>@jmuncy

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