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Apo11o is a simple video game that lets people make their own reality of the Apollo 11 moon landing.




Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC.

However, the historical achievement has garnered a reputation for been attacked with conspiracy theories. Many of these conspiracy theories claim that some or all elements of the Apollo program and the associated Moon landings were hoaxes staged by NASA, possibly with the aid of other organizations. The most notable claim is that the six manned landings (1969–72) were faked and that 12 Apollo astronauts did not actually walk on the Moon. Various groups and individuals have made claims since the mid-1970s, that NASA and others knowingly misled the public into believing the landings happened, by manufacturing, tampering with, or destroying evidence including photos, telemetry tapes, radio and TV transmissions, Moon rock samples, and even killing some key witnesses.

‘Apo11o?’ explores the very nature of image creation as a method of recording truths and untruths and solidifying the same in history. The game allows you to create your own images of the moon landing, by placing elements like stage lights, an Oscar trophy, flags of other superpowers on the now famous image of Buzz Aldrin saluting the deployed United States flag during the EVA on the lunar surface.

The game was prototyped in Facebook Origami. Presentation available on request.