Ever wanted to visit the moon? Well now you can with the recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing in Decentraland for the 52nd anniversary taking place this week. And with the release of the first-ever NASA-themed wearables collection, you can walk around just like an astronaut in the metaverse, too!
In 1969, the world watched in grainy black and white as Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Louis Armstrong descended the ladder of the Apollo 11 and first stepped foot on the moon with Armstrong saying those famous words, “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind”.
In a series of firsts on what happens to be the 52nd Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Decentraland’s DappCraft Studios together with Banquet Labs, iconic fashion designer Nick Graham, and the Aldrin Family Foundation have teamed up to bring us the first-ever recreation of this incredible moment in history in the Decentraland metaverse.
Planting of the American Flag on the Moon in Decentraland
Photo Credits: Astrid Pilla, July 24, 2021
Nick Graham, known for his often playful, space-inspired themes, designed the first-ever NASA-themed collection of digital wearables featuring the Apollo 11 Mission Patch exclusively for the Decentraland event. This fun space-themed collection makes you want to run around exploring the metaverse like this guy:
The exclusive collection includes a Spacesuit, White AirSpace Bomber jacket, Space Legs, Space Helmet and Space Boots (Legendary editions, Series of 100), a Silver AirSpace Bomber (Mythic edition, Series of 10), and a Unique 1 of 1 edition AirSpace Gold Bomber.
The entire collection is available now through the Marketplace of Decentraland. Fun fact: the founder of the famous meme Nyan Cat scooped up the first edition of Graham’s Silver Bomber jacket (pictured above).
Behind the creatively thought-out event was a man by the name of Matt Bond, Founder of Banquet Labs which acted as Mission Control, if you will, specializing in bringing people together in order to create iconic moments such as this one in the Metaverse. With the incredible technical and design knowledge of DappCraft Studios, they were able to create a look and feel that was authentic and awe-inspiring. “We wanted to make people feel like they were there on the moon”, says Bond. Decentraland’s DappCraft Studios carefully re-created the moon setting, complete with the sun shining down upon the moon, engulfing all attendees in the vastness of space. The Apollo 11 came down from above as we all stood on the “moon” watching, and we listened as we heard the broadcast between an astronaut and mission control, just like in 1969. And then we watched as first Armstrong and then Aldrin came out of the shuttle and planted the American Flag on the moon’s surface. To everyone’s delight, Graham’s wearable collection appeared from an explosion of asteroids and most attendees flew around the moon and tried to climb into the space shuttle. Some took photo ops with the astronauts. The goal was to give the feeling that you were actually on the moon right there experiencing the landing, and together with the space-themed music and location of the shuttle above us, they really nailed it.
“Working with a huge entity like NASA and given the importance of the event, we really didn’t want it to feel gimmicky”, says Bond. Mission accomplished. It was a sophisticated and fun as well as awe-inspiring event for everyone. DCL Curations respectfully earned the nickname of “CapCom” after the critical role he played in seamless communication with everyone on the project, just like the Capsule Communicator on a genuine space mission.
Nick Graham checking out the Apollo 11 in Decentraland. Photo Credits: Astrid Pilla, July 24, 2021
Any space-loving collectors out there will be thrilled to learn that Banquet has a few more events coming up centered around other NASA Missions, as well as other sub-based themes. “Our goal is to bring well-known designers and creators into the Metaverse with these projects,” says Bond. In the works also are plans to bring Decentraland-specific creators into the Fashion and Creative industries in the real world, and I’m personally here for it. Imagine the possibilities of such a historic full-circle moment between the Metaverse and the Real World.
A donation to the Aldrin Family Foundation non-profit will be made from the proceeds of this iconic event, supporting their mission to provide STEAM-based education tools in support of future space travelers.
In case you missed it, you can still experience the Apollo 11 event in Decentraland by clicking here.
Watch a recap of the event from DappCraft Studios:
Apollo 11 in @decentraland Event Recap 🚀☄️
Moon Landing Reenactment! 🌕🪐
A7L Space Suit & AirSpace Wearables With Apollo 11 Mission Patch 🤯
— DappCraft (@dapp_craft) July 26, 2021
Featured Image Credit: Matt Bond, Founder of Banquet Labs, July 24, 2021