Smithsonian Channel commemorates 50th anniversary of man arrival at the moon with multiplatform event

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of man at the moon, Smithsonian Channel launched special programming to remember the event over six weeks. The contents, which began to be broadcasted yesterday, are available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile,Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay.

The beginning of the Smithsonian Channel special programming took place yesterday with ‘Apollo’s trip to the moon’, a six-episodes series that shows stories of the men and women who made the event possible. Between other content, the program includes an exploration of artifacts from Apollo 11 astronauts, which are located in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, in Washington D.C.

Apart from that, an augmented reality application will allow people with iOS and Android devices to participate in the mission with activities that include, into others, an interactive chronology with videos and tests that shows the space race during the Cold War – which ended with the Apollo 11 mission-, authentic 3D exact copies of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit and the Lunar Command Module, created from precision scans developed by the National Air and Space Museum; a portal that allows people to climb the moon and explore 11 areas where Apollo’s astronauts made history and a feature that places them in a real space suit of the Apollo mission, and allows to share an image from the moon, orbiting the Earth or somewhere in the cosmos.

Finally, next July 20th, Smithsonian Channel will present the documentary ‘The day we walk on the moon’, which will make a minute by minute description of this historic event, told by people who lived it. Some of the most prominent participants will be the ones of the astronauts (including Michael Collins, the third member of the Apollo 11 mission), members of the Mission Control Center and sons from cosmonauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, which will tell their personal stories of that day. The production will also include important people from popular culture, such as Queen group’s guitarist and astrophysics doctor Brian May, and TV celebrity and British physics teacher Brian Cox, who will describe where they were and what they felt when this event took place.