Watch the moon landing as it happened

July 16, 2009

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the Moon in this July, 1969 file photo. Tuesday July 21, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. REUTERS/Handout/Files

If you hear your coworkers muttering about Houston and mission control this week, there’s a reason.

With just days to go ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the John F. Kennedy presidential library and AOL have launched a brilliant website that simulates the voyage from beginning to end.

We choose the moon — named for Kennedy’s famous 1962 speech in Houston – recreates the moon landing mission with animations, real-time transcripts and audio between the cockpit and Mission control,and a wealth of other multimedia background information.

The site is full of social media widgets and gizmos, so you can embed a countdown timer on your computer or Facebook page and follow the mission chatter on Twitter.

At the time this blog post was written, Apollo 11 is in Earth orbit, prepared to commence stage 4 of the mission. The crew reports: “Our insertion checklist is complete and we have no abnormalities.”

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and a different point of view
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Amazingly, a lot of people still think the moon landing was fake even though the evidence is pretty convincing. A blog called Bread and Circus has an interesting article about that topic at: http://breadandcircusnetwork.wordpress.c om/2009/07/16/hollywood-and-the-moon-lan ding-hoax/

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I belive that the for me tioned Hollywood company who have so graciously taken credit for this monumental achievement in restoration actually had the majority of work completed overseas. Way to go saving American jobs.

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thanks for the urs daring.
now also u r in frant of me & us.

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i love real geography videos

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nasa is very well

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i love see nasa site

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