I still remember the first time man set foot on the moon. I was a young lad living, as much as possible, on Tang and Space Food Sticks, because that was what the astronauts were eating. Right? We kids were building models of the lunar lander and staying glued to the TV even though it was July and the great outdoors beckoned. Space fever was pretty much universal at the time, at least among my peers.
But some people say the Apollo landing never happened! They claim it was all a big hoax and that it was filmed on a sound stage, with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick no less. As ridiculous as this notion is, it has apparently lingered on in some corners of the Internet.
Nvidia decided they were going to put the argument to rest once and for all. They recreated the scene in software in order to demonstrate how the photos taken on the moon's surface could come out the way they did. (One of the ways conspiracy theorists 'prove' that the landings were faked is by pointing out what they say are multiple light sources, which wouldn't have been possible up there.) Their experiment showed that reflected light from the moon's surface and Neil Armstrong's space suit illuminated Buzz Aldrin in one of the contested shots.
Nvidia has a post up about what they've done and you can read more about the experiment there. Now to be perfectly honest, this is old news. Nvidia first revealed the results of this test back in September. So why am I talking about it now? Because now you can download the Maxwell Apollo 11 Demo and carry out your own experiments!
It's a free download, but there is one catch. Your PC needs to be equipped with a Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPU.
Sadly my gaming rig is a little out of date and I don't have the hardware to give this a try, but if you do I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!