The Associated Press: Visualizing The 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing in AR

In the fall of 2018, NYC Media Lab was the one of 11 organizations to receive a $20,000 Journalism 360 Award, a joint initiative of the Knight Foundation, Google News Initiative and Online News Association. The Journalism 360 award aims to support projects and organizations that are leveraging immersive storytelling to advance the field of journalism.

The award led to a collaboration between NYC Media Lab and a team of journalists and digital media experts at The Associated Press, who sought to use the latest augmented reality and user experience design capabilities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. NYC Media Lab selected Team Galileo, a group of talented graduate students from The School of Visual Arts, to lead the development of two interactive experiences. The first, focused on bringing the flight path of the Apollo 11 to life, and the second, focused on bringing a reader to the iconic scene of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. The experiences were embedded into a narrative written by AP.

Team members included: Andrea Kang, Abhinav Sircar, Crystal Wang, and Jennifer Wei


Images from Team Galileo’s Prototyping & User Testing Process

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