Our video team – with my collaboration – decided to produce a dedicated video explaining the Apollo 11 mission by showcasing the important stages in 3D animations. The production not only tells the story of an epic adventure but also covers the maneuvers in detail.
For the print graphic I used the already produced stills of the video renderings. And to not replicate schematic infographics already seen elsewhere (i.e. by NZZaS), I respected the size relations of earth, moon and its distance on the double page. This conveys the often overlooked amount of time the astronauts spent totally exposed in space.
Here are some excerpts:
Because of our exact planned anniversary, we produced a real-time application which ran on the front page of nzz.ch during the nine mission days –replicating what happened exactly 50 years ago. On an earth-moon mini map a little rocket indicated in real time where the astronauts were at the time. Below we simulated a chat, based on original protocols, between the astronauts and Houston in a modern, app-style look – and of course time-synchronized with the mission’s course.
We also projected the application on the public displays positioned in the windows of NZZ buliding’s ground floor: While waiting for the tram it was possible to catch a dialogue of a real adventure happening far away – in distance and time.