Apollo 11 Space Mission: Google celebrates 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing with a Doodle
The doodle also includes a video that briefly narrates the story of the moon landing. The narration has been done by former astronaut and Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins.
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” said Neil Armstrong after landing on the Moon.
It has been 50 years since then, and yes, it has been a giant leap for mankind. Google is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing through Google doodle.
The Doodle is an illustration depicting an astronaut stepping out from the stairs of a spacecraft onto the moon’s surface. One of the 'O's in the word Google resembles the moon.
The Doodle also included a video that can be played by clicking on the play button at the bottom right corner of the Doodle. The video included Michael Collins explaining his journey to the orbit of the Moon.
But, before we wind up, let’s look at a few facts related to the Apollo Moon mission.
1. Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., the Lunar Module Pilot, spent 21 hours and 36 minutes on the moon's surface.
2. Around 650 million people watched Armstrong's televised image and heard his voice describing the landing event as he took the first step on the moon on July 20, 1969.
3. A few of the objectives of the Apollo mission also included the deployment of a television camera to transmit signals to Earth, the deployment of a solar wind composition experiment, a seismic experiment package, and a Laser Ranging Retroreflector.
4. The Eagle, part of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, landed on the site called 'Sea of Tranquility'. Location: 0 degrees, 41 minutes, 15 seconds north latitude and 23 degrees, 26 minutes east longitude. This site was four miles downrange from the predicted touchdown point. Also, the landing occurred a minute and a half earlier than scheduled.
5. Neil Armstrong landed on the moon 109 hours and 42 minutes after the launch. Edwin E. Aldrin stepped on the moon 20 minutes after Armstrong. Half an hour later, President Nixon spoke by telephone link with the astronauts.
6. What we left on the moon: A commemorative medallion with the names of the three Apollo 1 astronauts and two cosmonauts were left on the moon. The three astronauts died in a launchpad fire and the other two in an accident.
The astronauts also left a one-and-a-half-inch silicon disk containing goodwill messages from 73 countries. It also included the names of congressional and NASA leaders.