Apollo 11 in Real Time


With the 50th anniversary of the first moon mission approaching, NASA wants you to experience the event as it happened in 1969. They’ve set up an interactive website that incorporates mission control film footage, footage from Apollo 11, TV transmissions, commentary and documents, 2,000 photographs, and 11,000 hours of mission control audio recordings to bring you the immersive experience as it happened in 1969. Honestly, you could lose days at a time listening, watching, and reading therough the available archives.

The Apollo 11 launch was on July 16, 1969, so that’s the day the 50th anniversary commemoration actually begins. If you click “now” before that date, you will be taken to the correct current time, but until July 17, you’ll be taken to that time on July 16, 1969. Or you can start the experience at one minute to launch. Between July 16 and 25, you’ll be able to sync the website to what was happening exactly 50 years ago to the day.