Google celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic first Moon-landing by NASA's Apollo 11 mission with an interactive video doodle on its homepage. Today's Google Doodle celebrates remarkable moments Apollo 11 manned mission and moon landing by taking viewers through the remarkable journey of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin who were among the first humans to land on the moon and back.
While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin maneuvered the lunar module to the surface, Collins remained in orbit, manning the command module.
Collins did not witness the landing as his spacecraft sped on after he dropped off Armstrong and Aldrin.
Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle.
Here's what you need to know about the Apollo 11 mission
Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida, on July 16, and was the fifth crewed mission of NASA's Apollo programme. Collins explains that the journey to the Moon and back in the video that NASA worked with three antennas around the Earth for the mission -- one in Spain, Australia and California each.
Collins says at the time, the astronauts thought their computers were "very sophisticated but in fact, they had less computing powers than what we carry in our pockets today." In the doodle video, Collins describes the first sight of the Moon up close as "a magnificent spectacle."
"The Sun was coming around it, cascading and making a golden halo. But it was nothing compared to the sight of the tiny Earth. The Earth was the main show," Collins says.
Watch the video below
Meanwhile, this is what Google has to say about the Apollo 11 mission:
"Fifty years ago, NASA’s Apollo 11 mission changed our world and ideas of what is possible by successfully landing humans on the surface of the moon—and bringing them home safely—for the first time in history.
Today’s video Doodle celebrates this moment of human achievement by taking us through the journey to the moon and back, narrated by someone with firsthand knowledge of the epic event: former astronaut and Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins."
(With inputs from PTI)