Fly to The Moon at hbo.com

April 3, 1998

Virtual reality simulation part of HBO's "From The Earth To The Moon" Web site

See if you have the right stuff to fly to the moon and back at http://www.hbo.com/apollo. Designed to scale and using the real physics of space travel, the virtual reality simulation will allow you to see if you're the next Buzz Aldrin or John Glenn. Test the different flight stages now -- from lift-off to final descent -- before the fully functional simulation goes live on April 5. To explore the virtual environment, download Cosmo Player 2.0, which works best with Netscape Communicator 4.04 or Internet Explorer 4.

Using your keyboard as flight controls, choose whether you want to view the simulation from inside or outside the space capsule, then zoom in on the launch pad tower for a final equipment check before lift-off. Guide your missile into orbit after blast-off, separate and then dock with the lunar excursion module before touchdown on the moon's surface. Once on lunar soil, walk around the landing site and plant the American flag. Leave the moon to rendezvous with the orbiting command module, then re-enter the earth's atmosphere for splash down. Watch those hand controls to avoid crashing and burning or spinning off into space.

For the earthbound, check out 360o views of keysites from the Kennedy Space Center and TV miniseries sets in QuickTime VR. 3D environments include a command module cockpit, lunar excursion module cockpit, mission control center, launch pad 39 and the vertical assembly building.

For more information on the Apollo missions as well as the HBO miniseries, click through the rest of the site to find interactive activities, a kids' area, historical essays and evaluations of the space program, interviews and inside reports from the TV production team, and bulletin boards. Plus play the watch and win game for a trip for four to the Kennedy Space Center by answering trivia questions pertaining to each week's episodes.

"From The Earth To The Moon" follows the voyages of the 12 manned Apollo missions -- from the early U.S. space efforts in 1961 to the final lunar mission in 1972. The exclusive 12-part miniseries will be seen on successive Sundays, April 5 through May 10, with two one-hour dramas airing each night from 8-10 PM ET.

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