Washington Monument to resemble Saturn V for Moon Landing 50th anniversary

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The Washington Monument is getting a new look this coming week in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and Moon Landing.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior and 59 Productions, will project a 363-foot Saturn V rocket onto the east face of the Washington Monument.

The projection will be live on July 16, 17, and 18 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. EST.

On July 19 and 20, the museum will present “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon,” a 17-minute show that will combine full-motion projection mapping artwork and archival footage to recreate the launch of Apollo 11 and tell the story of the Moon Landing. The show will unfold on the face of the Washington Monument and supporting screens, including a 40-foot recreation of the famous Kennedy Space Center countdown clock.

The free show will run at 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20.

For more information on the event, click here.

Of course, if you can’t make it to D.C. for the event, you can see the real Saturn V at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center here in Huntsville. The USSRC is also hosting a number of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, including a visit from Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Source: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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