Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong bounded off their NASA shuttle, and today the Internet is celebrating their “giant leap” with new interactive features, never-before-seen videos on YouTube and photo slideshows galore. Here are a few suggested links to land on and explore the historic moment:
– We Choose the Moon, a project from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and AOL, re-creates the original Apollo 11 mission in “real time” with countdowns, photo slideshows, video and interactive displays. Twitter accounts, Houston Mission Control, Eagle Lunar Module, and Apollo 11 Spacecraft will relay real-time messages.
– On the NASA site, users can view restored videos of the moon landing, listen to a “radiocast” of the mission and recently released audio files, explore the landing site and the Eagle in the Sea of Tranquility, and lots more.
– Google has an interactive map of the moon in which users can explore craters and important sites during all of the Apollo missions.
– Mashable created a YouTube timeline of the landing, including Kennedy’s speeches.
– TreeHugger has a slideshow that explains what the Apollo landing can teach us about the environment.
– The New York Times has a slideshow of reader-submitted photos capturing what they were doing when the Apollo landed. There’s also an interactive feature in which John Noble Wilford, the reporter who covered the mission for The Times, narrates a review of the experience.