Google marks the 50th anniversary of historic moon touchdown with an animated video Doodle.


This story is a part of To the Moon, a sequence exploring humanity’s first journey to the lunar floor and our future residing and dealing on the moon.

Your Google search is about to take you on a journey few of us have made — to the moon.

To mark the 50th anniversary this week of NASA‘s Apollo 11 mission — the primary time people set foot on the lunar floor — Google is launching an animated video Doodle on Thursday that may allow you to expertise the journey to the moon and again. However you will not be going alone: Michael Collins, Apollo 11‘s command module pilot, shall be your co-pilot and narrator on the journey.

For nearly so long as Google has been round, it is livened up its barebones search web page with paintings that attracts consideration to notable folks, occasions, holidays and anniversaries. Google Doodles have celebrated, amongst many different issues, Pac-Man’s anniversary, Copernicus’ birthday, Mom’s Day and the World Cup. They’ve additionally reminded us of lesser-known real-world heroes.

Few occasions in human historical past are as noteworthy because the achievement of Apollo 11.

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It was 50 years in the past this week that Collins circled the moon within the Apollo 11 command module whereas Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made the primary crewed touchdown on the moon. Their monumental achievement was the results of virtually a decade of labor by a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals attempting to meet President John F. Kennedy’s aim of touchdown a person on the moon earlier than the tip of the 1960s.

Apollo 11 arrived on the moon on July 19, 1969, after a 240,000-mile journey.


Throughout the four-and-a-half-minute video Doodle, which is steadily rolling out around the globe, Collins walks you thru key moments of the mission, beginning with the Apollo 11 launch.

The trio’s journey started on July 16, 1969, as their Saturn V rocket lifted off from the Kennedy House Middle’s launch pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Three days later, after touring greater than 240,00Zero miles, Collins parked the command module in a lunar orbit 60 miles above the moon, and Armstrong and Aldrin ready for his or her descent to the moon’s floor the subsequent day.

The lunar module’s 13-minute descent was beset by challenges, together with a goal touchdown web site strewn with boulders, low gasoline and a repeating pc program alarm code that almost aborted the touchdown. After touchdown the LM — often known as the Eagle on the Apollo 11 mission — Armstrong responded to capsule communicator (CapCom) Charles Duke with the well-known phrase: “Houston, Tranquility Base right here. The Eagle has landed.”

As these phrases landed again on Earth, cheers broke out round NASA and amongst a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of individuals around the globe watching on TV. Amid the applause, Duke advised Armstrong: “Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the bottom. You have obtained a bunch of men about to show blue. We’re respiration once more. Thanks rather a lot. … Be suggested there’s numerous smiling faces on this room, and everywhere in the world.”

“There are two of them up right here,” Armstrong responded. To not be forgotten, excessive above them in his lunar orbit, Collins chimed in with, “And do not forget one within the command module.”

Three and a half hours later, the Eagle was depressurized in preparation for Armstrong and Aldrin to start their two-and-a-half-hour EVA (extravehicular exercise), throughout which Armstrong uttered his well-known line: “That is one small step for man, one large leap for mankind.” 

The crew would return to Earth on July 24, and ever since then, we have been benefiting from the applied sciences created and modernized to assist them, together with international communications, climate forecasting, transportation and, sure, computer systems.

For extra enjoyable and data, try early storyboard sketches by artist Pedro Vergani and a behind-the-scenes video of the Doodle.

So strap in and benefit from the journey.