Wait, we used this thing to get humans to the moon? Seriously? Man, tech has come a long way since 1969. We’re referring to the Apollo 11 flight that put human boots on Earth’s moon and then brought them back, in case you weren’t paying attention to ‘Awesome moment in history’ while you were at school.
And the reason that we’re referring to Apollo 11 right now is that it’s been 47 years since that iconic space flight, which saw Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking around the Sea of Tranquility while Michael Collins stayed with Apollo’s Command Module. And, to celebrate that anniversary, the Smithsonian Institute has released a little something for all you space nuts out there.
It’s nothing less than a 3D, 360-degree tour of the Columbia Command Module, the only part of the Apollo 11 mission designed to return to Earth. The Eagle Lunar Module was dumped before the three astronauts returned home, after taking Armstrong and Aldrin back to the orbiting Columbia. The Smithsonian happen to have access to that little piece of history so they’ve 3D-scanned the thing so you can take a look around.
So hit the link below, now, and take a look at the Columbia module for yourself. And then ask yourself whether you’d be comfortable flying in a plane that had this level of technology. (Hint – Your smartphone probably has more computing power.) Once you say ‘no’, try and remember that three men fly this piece of hardware to the moon and back almost 50 years ago. Awesome. In the original sense of the word.