Exactly 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, the human foot first touched the earth's satellite, located at a distance of 384,400 kilometers. The historical moment was captured in photos and videos, but NVIDIA decided to improve it with the help of modern ray tracing technology.
In 1961, US President John F. Kennedy set the task for scientists and engineers to land on the moon before the end of the decade. On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft was successfully launched. Four days later, at 11:17:19 PM Moscow time, the lunar module of the ship landed in the south-western region of the Sea Tranquility. The first person to set foot on the moon was Neil Armstrong. After 15 minutes, he was joined by another crew member - Buzz Aldrin. Total astronauts on the surface of the moon spent 21 hours 36 minutes and 21 seconds.
NVIDIA has decided to celebrate the anniversary of such a "significant step for all mankind" by publishing an updated video demonstrating the capabilities of ray tracing technology. Representatives of the company noted that skeptics and doubters of this historical event can once again be convinced of the reality of what is happening.
Work on the video began five years ago. The developers analyzed hundreds of photos from the Apollo 11 spacecraft provided by NASA. Each pixel in the image was generated by a trace. Shadows and highlights — all this is the merit of the technology that allows you to add more life to the historical footage.