When 50 years ago half a billion people watched the broadcast of a man landing on the moon, today’s technology could only be dreamed of. Now, to experience such an important event, all you need is a smartphone. On the occasion of the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the Polish start-up Immersion created a special application on behalf of NASA and the Smithsonian Institute, the largest complex of museums and research institutions in the United States.
The Polish start-up created the app on behalf of NASA
The application “Apollo’s Moon Shot AR” is our first experiment with augmented reality in a story that allows viewers to experience the Apollo program in a much more personal way. We wanted to give these events as faithfully as possible to facts
Immersion boasts that thanks to NASA’s historic photos and recordings from the Silver Globe expedition, we managed to get one of the most real stories about the Apollo 11 mission. Additionally presented in an accessible way in the mobile app.
NASA GAVE US ACCESS TO HISTORICAL MATERIALS, SUCH AS PHOTOS OR RECORDINGS FROM THE MOON LANDING, WHICH BECAME PART OF OUR APPLICATION. WHAT’S MORE, WE DECIDED TO USE SOME OF THEM IN PARTICULAR SEQUENCES, FOR EXAMPLE DURING THE SIMULATION OF A ROCKET LAUNCH, IN THE BACKGROUND YOU CAN HEAR REAL CONVERSATIONS
The application has been checked before the premiere in terms of compliance with historical facts. She passed the control tests of NASA experts who personally tested it. Among others were the son of Neil Armstrong. Interestingly, after passing all the procedures, the US Department of State sent the app to all American embassies.
“Apollo’s Moon Shot AR” makes a huge impression
The application is free and has been released to stores for smartphones with Android and iOS. The app has been downloaded only 10,000 times on Google Play store. The downloads will probably be even more. This is because – as we have checked – the app turns out to be a great tool that will interest not only people interested in science and the cosmos but also other curious minds.
APOLLO’S MOON SHOT IS PART OF THE SMITHSONIAN CHANEL PROMOTION FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDING. DEDICATED BY US, THE APP HAS BEEN CREATED SO THAT IT IS ACCESSIBLE AND INTUITIVE TO USE FOR EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF AGE
When you launch the app on your smartphone, the most important events in the history of space conquest are revealed to your eyes via icons. They are arranged in chronological order. The story begins on October 4 , 1957 , when the Radzicki Union launches Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite of the Earth.
Then we can observe the next stages of the conquest of the cosmos and the moon itself. Launch of the first American Explorer 1 satellite in January 1958 , the first American in space, the first space walk, the tragedy of the Apollo 1 mission, and then the missions from Apollo 7 to Apollo 17. The most obvious event is the first landing on the Silver Globe (Apollo 11 ).
After clicking on each icon you can learn more about the event itself. You can also see the original photos from this period. This includes photographs of crews working on specific missions, as well as archival recordings of important events. For instance, the announcement of John F. Kennedy’s decision on a manned conquest of the moon.
The application also allows us to stand next to a three-dimensional astronaut suit, enter via a special portal to the moon or take a selfie in space. By using the camera, you can also play Neil Armstrong and his crew, directing the spaceship to the orbit of the Moon.
WE GOT A LOT OF FREEDOM IN ACTION AND PROPOSED OUR CONCEPT, WHICH IMMEDIATELY GAINED SUPPORT FROM THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE. DURING THE FOUR-MONTH WORK ON THE APPLICATION, WE CONFIRMED EVERY ELEMENT CREATED WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT ASTRONAUTS AND EXPERTS, STARTING WITH THE SHIP, THROUGH THE OVERALLS, AND ENDING WITH EVERY LUNAR CRATER AND STONE, TO REFLECT THE REALITY AS ACCURATELY AS POSSIBLE.
And in fact, creators deserve words of appreciation. People working on the app took care of the smallest details. They also refined the graphic design to perfection. A big plus is the AR mode, which works very well and gives a lot of entertainment.
A small downside is that the app has only three languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish. This may make it difficult for the poles to get to know the history of the Moon’s conquest.
The application is free and available on Android and iOS . Before installation, free up some space on your phone. Spoiler alert! The app size is over 1.1 GB for the Android version and 2.2 GB for the iPhone version.