Tuesday, July 23, 2019

RTX Real-Time Ray Tracing Snaps Apollo 11 Landing Into Focus

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. While the words were epic, the grainy, jerky images beamed back as Neil Armstrong clambered out of the Eagle lunar lander and onto the surface of the moon half a century ago — while a technical miracle — could never be described as gorgeous.

This week’s anniversary of the landing — one of mankind’s greatest achievements — has inspired us to dramatically step up our own work, enhancing our earlier moon-landing demo with RTX real-time ray tracing technology. The result: a beautiful, near-cinematic depiction of one of history’s great  moments. That’s thanks to NVIDIA RTX GPUs, which allowed our demo team to create an interactive visualization that incorporates light in the way it actually works, giving the scene uncanny realism.