Google Doodle came up with a short animated clip that recreates the launch of Apollo 11 and the first moon landing. With the short video, the search engine celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic moon landing. Google Doodle's animated clip will let you experience the journey to the moon and back like the Apollo 11 did. Michael Collins, Apollo 11's command module pilot, will be your co-pilot and narrator on the trip.
The Apollo 11, which launched on July 16, 1969, with three astronauts -- Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins -- touched down on the moon's surface on July 20. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 1969. Their historic journey began when a Saturn V rocket blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969. From ‘How Many Moon Landings’ to If the ‘First Mission Was Fake,’ Top Googled Questions About Apollo 11 Answered Ahead of 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing.
After achieving orbit around the moon, the lunar module, known as “the Eagle,” separated for a 13-minute journey to the surface. Meanwhile, astronaut Michael Collins stayed behind in the command module, which would eventually bring all three astronauts back home to Earth. 13 Spectacular Facts About NASA’s First Moon Mission and Apollo 11.
Google Doodle's video celebrating 50th anniversary of the first moon landing:
Along the way to the moon’s surface, Armstrong and Aldrin lost radio contact with Earth, the onboard computer showed unfamiliar error codes, and fuel ran short. As millions watched on television with anxious anticipation, they successfully steered the module to a safe landing on the crater dubbed the “Sea of Tranquility” on July 20, 1969. Returning safely to Earth on July 25, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew were followed by 10 more astronauts, with the final mission taking place in 1972.