We Choose the Moon

Moon your time away.

It was 40 years ago when the lunar conspiracies began. In 1969 the world crowded round black and white TV sets and said "are they...?", "did they...?", "but look at the flag."


If you want to celebrate and relive the achievement of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins take a look at We Choose the Moon, an interactive recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing trip in real time, 40 years on. It's from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and gives the online generation a chance to rerun the collective experience of following the mission.

The site takes its name from Kennedy's 1962 speech: "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone and one which we intend to win."


There's plenty to do on the site. You can watch animated reconstructions of key events from the mission, listen to transmissions between Mission Control and the spacecraft, and take a look at the photos and video clips. You can even get an email alert once the module has touched down on the moon.

This site is an elegant and beautifully designed tribute to an extraordinary moment in world history. No doubt the conspiricists will take it for a fake.

20th August 09