The JFK library’s Apollo tribute

2009-07-11

in Geek stuff, Science

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library has come up with a pretty cool way to mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission: they are making a real-time re-creation available at WeChooseTheMoon.org, complete with historic footage, photos, and interactive elements.

The site is definitely rather slick, and includes some material I hadn’t seen elsewhere before. The Boston Herald has a more detailed description.

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Milan July 16, 2009 at 12:28 pm

The site is active now, and the redux mission is in stage 4: leaving Earth’s orbit.

. September 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm

One of the latest images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows new details of the Apollo 14 landing site. If you look closely at the image above, visible are the tracks from the astronauts steps and their three-wheeled MET cart, and you can clearly follow the trail of the astronauts on their “radial traverse.” Click the image for larger version if you’re having trouble seeing the tracks. Their tracks stop just 30 meters short of the rim, near a dark spot just to the lower left of the crater, which might be Saddle Rock, shown in the image below. Shepard and Mitchell never realized just how close they really were.

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