Americans are marking the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with commemorative events around the country this month.
We are GO for the Moon. Our Saturn V projection on the Washington Monument starts tonight! See it tonight through Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 pm, and don't miss the full #GoForTheMoon show Friday and Saturday. Full details: https://t.co/As6lcyFyvT #Apollo50 pic.twitter.com/jsIyVZh7GS— National Air and Space Museum (@airandspace) July 17, 2019
Very cool! @airandspace is projecting a full-sized, 363-foot Saturn V rocket onto the Washington Monument in honor of the #Apollo50th anniversary of the first mission to land astronauts on the Moon. If you’re in DC, be sure and stop by to see this amazing sight! https://t.co/3d6Yarnr4f— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) July 17, 2019
In Washington, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is projecting a life-like, massive Saturn V rocket on the east side of the Washington Monument in a realistic depiction of the famous rocket that blasted off to the moon 50 years ago from the Kennedy Space Center.
The rocket was designed to fly astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in a historic journey to the moon and back.
The projection is surrounded by spotlights and shows launch animation and a fiery blast off. It’s part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s “Go for the Moon” show and celebration of the milestone anniversary.
“The Washington Monument is a symbol of our collective national achievements and what we can and will achieve in the future. It took 400,000 people from across the 50 states to make Apollo a reality. This program celebrates them, and we hope it inspires generations too young to have experienced Apollo firsthand to define their own moonshot,” the Smithsonian Museum's director told the news website DCist this month.
The image was first projected on the monument beginning Tuesday and will run through Thursday night. The festivities this week include a recreation of Apollo 11’s launch outside the Smithsonian Castle on Friday and Saturday, the actual anniversary of the first moonwalk.
folks, there should be a Saturn V rocket projected onto the Washington monument every day pic.twitter.com/ldQg5EmdQm— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) July 17, 2019
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