Relive the flight of Apollo 11 on the Web right now

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

We normally cover fictional science, but this is too cool for us not to pass it on to you. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has created a new Web site, We Choose the Moon, which offers you a real-time re-creation of Apollo 11, the mission to land the first men on the moon, which observes its 40th anniversary this month.

When you log into the site, you can take part in the entire mission in real time, starting from prelaunch, which is currently counting down, to the launch on Thursday, leading up to the moon landing on July 20.

The site features images, video and even sound effects and communications from the mission.

Apollo 11's lunar module, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., landed on the moon's Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969, while Michael Collins orbited in the command/service modules overhead, fulfilling Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s.