Talking Tech Friday – Apollo 11

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission blasted off with the intent to land on the moon. And, of course, they succeeded!  This represented, among other things, a pinnacle of technological achievement. Not only did we have the ability to land people on the moon and return them safely, we could also communicate the event in nearly real-time, to people tens of thousands of miles away.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of these events, I wanted to share a few really cool sites:

We Choose the Moon is a beautifully designed website put together by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum which creates a virtual reinactment of the entire mission.  It is using three Twitter feeds to simulate the communications of the Houston Control Center, the Apollo 11 spacecraft, and the Eagle Lunar Module.  They also have a photo and video gallery, and a streaming audio broadcast of recorded transmissions.  It is happening in real-time, so the Apollo 11 is currently just over half-way between the Earth and the Moon.  Once the mission is completed, you’ll be able to recreate the mission at any time at your own pace.

I think this is a fantastic example of using web 2.0 technologies to create a useful, interactive, and incredibly educational resource.  It nearly makes me feel as if I can travel back in time and experience this historic event as it happened.  This really demonstrates the potential for libraries to create innovative web exhibits.

The Big Picture has a fantastic collection of breathtaking photos from the mission that’s definitely worth a view.

And reknowned blogger Jason Kottke has devoted a post to a collection of web resources about the Apollo 11 mission.


~ by Anali on July 17, 2009.