Google doodle celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing

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New Delhi: Google on Friday celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing through its unique doodle. Goggle released a commemorative video Doodle in this regard.

The nearly five-minute animated clip follows Apollo 11 from launch to the Moon and back and is narrated by Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins. Collins walks you through key moments of the mission, starting with the Apollo 11 launch.

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The trio’s journey began on July 16, 1969, as their Saturn V rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Three days later, after travelling more than 240,000 miles, Collins parked the command module in a lunar orbit 60 miles above the moon, and Armstrong and Aldrin prepared for their descent to the moon’s surface the next day.

After the astronauts maintained an orbit around the moon, the lunar module is known as “the Eagle”, separated for a 13-minute journey to the moon’s surface.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin successfully steered the module to the ‘Sea of Tranquility’, a moon crater, on July 20, 1969, commencing the historic moon landing.

The three astronauts returned to Earth on July 25, 1969.

The video reminds viewers that some 400,000 people supported the mission, and Google notes that the next giant leap is soon to come with NASA planning to put the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.

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