Conspiracy theories surrounding the Apollo 11 lunar landing have been quelled with NVIDIA’s UE4-powered Apollo demo, which just became available for download.
Powered by UE4 and Maxwell, the demo shows how light from the moon’s surface – and astronaut Neil Armstrong’s space suit – illuminated Aldrin, thereby proving the authenticity of photos taken on that historic day.
In the Apollo demo, you can:
- View the scene with direct and indirect lighting;
- Toggle on Armstrong to see how his spacesuit affects the play of light;
- Shift the position of the sun or the camera; and
- Adjust the camera exposure.
Using VXGI, the Apollo demo lets you reconstruct the way light moved around the Apollo 11 landing site. VXGI – or Voxel Global Illumination – shows the way light bounces from one object to another in real time. To do that, VXGI breaks a scene’s geometry into many thousands of tiny boxes called “voxels,” or 3D pixels.
Those who have the new Maxwell-based GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards are encouraged to check it out.