Google Recreates a 3D Rendering of the Apollo 11 Cockpit
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is coming up in July and Google has lined up two augmented reality experiences that will immerse viewers into role of astronauts. The new AR creation will enable users to explore the 3D rendering of the cockpit that took the astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on their historic mission to the moon in July 1969. Users will be able to overlay a 3D recreation of the Apollo 11 command module, which first took man to the moon, into their living rooms.
Google says it will mark this historic milestone in human endeavor by utilizing augmented reality to educate viewers about this historic moment. The AR recreation will entail new stories and perspectives on the mission which will also celebrate some of the lesser known players that made that mission possible.
The Apollo 11 mission AR experience is launching this Wednesday and will put users in a 3D recreation of the Apollo 11 command module. This project is important for Google as it also represents an initial opportunity through which viewers will be able to immerse themselves into its digital cultural treasures via an augmented reality in Search.
The feature will showcase the 3D object links in Google Search which will produce 3D models that can subsequently be superimposed onto the real world at the appropriate scale in augmented reality. Users can get their command module ready by searching for “Apollo 11” using any AR-compatible iOS or Android device. This will offer them option to view the module in 3D and they will be able to zoom in or out to view and explore the command module from all angles.
The augmented reality recreation enables users to overlay the command module in virtually any space such as their bedrooms, living rooms or office spaces to get a better perspective of the size of the module. Google has also planned another augmented reality experience slated for later this month that will give users an up-close view of Armstrong’s spacesuit.
Google, alongside the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian will use various channels such as AR, stories, video and photos that will relay this immersive experience.
This will also be an important educational experience. While most people are familiar with the key highlights of the Apollo 11 moon landing, they aren’t familiar with the intricate detail of what was involved. Through the AR experience, Google and Smithsonian are hoping to expand on the available knowledge regarding the historic event using 20 new visual stories on Google Search that will leverage videos and photos to bring out the lesser known details and players in the event.
The experience will highlight the roles of some of the lesser known players such as Rita App (who developed the meal plan for the lunar journey) and Margaret Hamilton who spearheaded the development of the on-board flight software that was used in the missions and coined the term “software engineering”.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, Google has added some 40 new Apollo 11 exhibits to its Arts and Culture section which include the reflections on the first moon landing by the CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite. There is also a lesson on how to wear a spacesuit.
On July 15, Google also began adding multiple new tours and quizzes to Google Earth to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch.