Preparations underway for record breaking rocket launch

Apollo 11 T+50

Huntsville is home to the original Saturn V rocket that took man to the moon, and people at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center are celebrating it’s anniversary in a big way.

In addition to several Apollo 11 anniversary activities, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is inviting people out to witness a record breaking rocket launch.

Tomorrow morning, 5,000 rockets will be launched at the same time. The U.S Space and Rocket center is doing it to try and break a world record. The previous record number of rockets launched at the same time is under 4,000. The inspiration to set a new record is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Director of Camp Operations for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp, Randall Robinson, said, “To commemorate that fifty years of that achievement, to the second, we are doing our five thousand rockets at the exact same time fifty years later.”

Over the last couple months, people in Huntsville have been building each of the 5,000 rockets. Today, the launch pads were delivered and put in place. Tomorrow morning, over 100 volunteers will finish up the wiring for the rockets.

They are expecting thousands of people from all over the world to come witness the free event. Seating will be available, but it’s first come first serve. Because the parking lot will fill up quickly, hey are also providing a shuttle service from the Calhoun parking lot to the launch site.

People who want to watch the rocket launch can get to the launch site at 6:45 a.m. The program will begin around 7:30 a.m.

Click here for a full list of Apollo 11 anniversary events.

©TEGNA Inc. 2019. All Rights Reserved.

Get our WZDX News & Weather Apps