50 years ago, NASA's Apollo 11 mission marked mankind's journey to the moon. Google celebrates the 50th moon land anniversary, which led to the very first moon landing. Apollo 11 had a gigantic team of 400,000 working on it. Among them, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins were chosen to be the ones to carry the burden of all of mankind and venture into uncharted territory. The excitement, fear, dread and challenges of what happened when the astronauts blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969 on NASA's Saturn V rocket, is encapsulated in an astounding video animation in today's Google Doodle.
During the four-and-a-half-minute video Doodle, which is gradually rolling out around the world, Collins walks you through key moments of the mission, starting with the Apollo 11 launch.
The three astronauts returned to Earth on July 25, 1969 and have become historic figures, not just because of the moon landing, but also because of numerous scientific breakthroughs that their journey resulted in.
From freeze-dried food to CAT scans, these breakthroughs would not have been possible without the Apollo 11 mission.