44 years. That’s how long it’s been since Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon, returned to Earth. With all of the technological advancements that have come about in the past four decades, you might think that a trip to the Moon would be a walk in the park, but NASA’s priorities lie elsewhere.
Thankfully, those same advancements have made it possible for us to relive the Apollo 17 mission without ever leaving our homes.
For the past several years, Ben Feist, VP of Technology at TAXI, has been working on Project Apollo 17. This is how Feist describes the project on his website:
“[Apollo17.org is] an interactive explorer that allows you to experience the entire Apollo 17 mission (305 hours long) in real-time. It represents the culmination of the years of mission data cleaning I have blogged about here. My goal is to create a full-featured site that will allow the public to explore and experience the Apollo 17 mission in this way.”
That’s an update from exactly a year ago, when Feist launched Alpha v0.1 of the website. In December, after countless more hours of work, Feist was finally able to debut v1.0 for the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission.
Although the site has project has reached a conclusion of sorts, Feist says that he plans to continue updating Apollo17.org “as more data becomes available and errors are discovered and corrected.” If you have some time, check it out.