If you are fond of the Apollo project, then you’ll love this site Ben Feist has been building for years — which is now online in its very early alpha stage. Apollo17.org is a highly addictive, interactive, real-time exploration of the entire Apollo 17 Mission, based upon official NASA footage and the transcription of radio transmissions.
In the upper left box the mission transcript scrolls, while on the right a YouTube player shows available recordings of what the mission cameras saw. If you click any line in the transcript the video will jump to that timestamp. In the bottom left box you can find the table of contents, where you can navigate to any main part of the mission. For example, this is how the Lunar Module Challenger landed on the surface of the Moon at Taurus-Littrow:
113:01:44 CDR-LM Stand by for touchdown.
113:01:45 LMP-LM Stand by. 25 feet, down at 2. Fuel’s good. 20 feet. Going down at 2. 10 feet. 10 feet –
113:02:00 LMP-LM CO – CONTACT.
113:02:04 LMP-LM .. op, push. Engine stop; ENGINE ARM; PROCEED; COMMAND override, OFF; MODE CONTROL, ATT HOLD; PGNS, AUTO.
113:02:13 CDR-LM OK, Houston, the Challenger has landed!
113:02:17 CC Roger, Challenger. That’s super.
113:02:19 LMP-LM OK, Parker valves – Boy, you bet it is, Gordo.
113:02:28 CDR-LM Boy, when you said shut down, I shut down and we dropped, didn’t we?
113:02:31 LMP-LM Yes, sir. But we is here; man, is we here. How does that look?
113:02:36 CDR-LM That looks good.
113:02:36 LMP-LM Pressure – pressures look great. Tank 2 is down just a little from before.
113:02:41 CDR-LM The ENGINE OVERRIDE is OFF … —
113:02:42 LMP-LM Manifold is great. Manifold is right on. Get – go to JETS.
113:02:46 CDR-LM OK. I am JETS.
113:02:48 LMP-LM OK. That side’s complete. Houston, you can tell America that Challenger is at Taurus-Littrow.
(CDR-LM: Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, Lunar Module. LMP-LM: Harrison H. Schmitt, Lunar Module Pilot, Lunar Module. CC: Charles Gordon Fullerton, CapCom, Houston.)
Since the page is “Alpha Release v0.1”, it has a few limitations: it works perfectly only in Google Chrome, and a few features are missing, such as a timeline navigation interface, an inclusion of all mission photography, and a post-mission astronaut commentary section.
Even without all those parts, Apollo17.org is still a very addictive site — I couldn’t bear to pause the lengthy video stream or take my eyes off the ever-scrolling transcript of the last Moon mission.