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Aug 01, 2019 2019-08-01

Mobile Learning

AR App That Takes a “Giant Leap” into Space

The JFK Moonshot app is an epic retelling and recreation of the Apollo 11 mission and its connection to President John F. Kennedy. Using the latest in augmented reality (AR) teaching, the app immerses users into 1969 with a full-scale recreation of the Saturn V rocket and a five-day real-time tracking simulation of the mission and moon landing. The app mixes augmented reality and archival video footage from NASA with photos depicting key moments. They include President Kennedy’s 1961 speech before Congress declaring the country’s commitment to sending an astronaut to the moon within a decade, plus footage of the moon landing itself in 1969. In the Launch section of the app, students can view an AR replica of the Saturn V rocket that sent the Apollo 11 crew into space. They can shrink it to stand about as tall as their desk or see it at its actual 363-foot-tall size. The Play section of the app features six AR minigames depicting various parts of the Apollo 11 mission. Students can assemble the Saturn V rocket that brought the Apollo Lunar Module into space, help the Apollo 11 crew detach from Saturn V and connect with the space shuttle Columbia, and try their skill at landing a Lunar Module safely on the moon. Plus, they can recreate the iconic moonwalk, plant the American flag, and collect moon rocks. The app is made available for iOS and Android devices by the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation. Cost: Free

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