Being the first human to ever walk on the Moon is a one-time achievement that only Neil Armstrong can take credit for, but what if you could travel back in time and experience it for yourself? Although actual time travel is not possible (for now at least), UK-based company Immersive Education is trying to provide us with the next best thing. The company has put together a Kickstarter project that will take you back to 1969 and let you take part in the Apollo 11 mission. The Moon landing simulator comes in the form of an Oculus Rift virtual reality game that lets you play as none other than Neil Armstrong himself.
The Apollo 11 VR experience was compiled using actual NASA archive footage and audio from the ambitious mission that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the Moon. The project aims to recreate the entire historical journey, from the launch of the Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center all to way to the Moon landing and lunar exploration. The folks at Immersive Education have already created a demo of the Apollo 11 VR experience, but they need more funding in order to further improve it and make it as visually pleasing and historically accurate as possible. The demo can be found on the Kickstarter page and you can try it out now on your desktop monitor, although it’s even better if you try it out using an Oculus Rift DK2 virtual reality headset.
The project has a goal of €30, 000 with 29 days to go as of this writing. Thus far, almost 400 backers chipped in for the Apollo 11 VR experience and they gathered close to €8, 000. You only need to pledge €10 in order to get the full experience once it’s done, which seems like a reasonable price. The developers predict that the game will be out sometime during July. In the meantime, make sure you check out a video of the demo below.