Apollo 11 in Real-time

Check out the launch of https://apolloinrealtime.org/11, a multimedia website that plays the entire Apollo 11 mission in real time. Included are 2,000 photographs, 11,000 hours of Mission Control audio, 240 hours of space-to-ground audio, all onboard recorder audio, 15,000 searchable utterances, post-mission commentary, and astromaterials sample data.

With the help of archivist, Stephen Slater, the website is the most complete presentation of the mission’s historical film footage ever assembled. It contains all of the 16mm film that was scanned for the recent film, Apollo 11. Much of this silent film has had sound added to it for the first time–painstakingly lip synced with the restored mission control audio that was just digitized (and that I restored). Stephen is a genius at this stuff. It’s pretty much guaranteed that visitors will see things that they’ve never seen before. All footage is included, not just the popular stuff during landing that has been used over and over. We’ve been jokingly saying that apolloinrealtime.org is the 240-hour cut of the Apollo 11 film. It’s the whole thing.

This website applies the concept of making every media element sync to mission time. If you want to see a certain photo, the whole experience jumps to the moment the photo is being taken. If you’d like to research one of the lunar samples you can find it at the moment the sample container is being filled. Placing the astromaterials within the mission context is scientifically important. I hope everyone finds it valuable.

The centerpiece of the website is 11,000 hours of Mission Control audio that has been synced to mission time. For any moment in the mission, visitors can open a panel that exposes 50 channels of audio covering every controller position in Mission Control and several other communication loops.