Apollo 11 Anniversary: The Washington Monument Will 'Blast off' on July 16

To commemorate the moon landing, a 363-foot projection will make it look like the Washington Monument is taking off into space.
Chris Young

This month sees the 50th anniversary since the Apollo 11 mission successfully landed the first human beings on the moon.

To celebrate, from July 16 to July 20, the District of Columbia will project a 363-foot Saturn V rocket onto the face of the Washington Monument. The impressive virtual projection will re-create the launch of Saturn V at selected times.


'Liftoff' schedule

The virtual rocket is set to first appear on July 16, the anniversary of Apollo 11's launch in 1969. For two hours, over the next two nights, the Saturn V projection will appear on the side of the Washington Monument.

Apollo 11 Anniversary: The Washington Monument Will 'Blast off' on July 16
The Washington Monument, Columbia. Source: Josh Carolina/Wikimedia Commons

On July 19 and 20, the real fun starts. The projection will be accompanied by an extravagant light show that will re-create the launch of Apollo 11 and tell the story of the first successful lunar landing mission. Archival footage will be used to give people a window into the historic event from 50 years ago.

Finally, there will be a 40-foot-wide re-creation of the famous Kennedy Space Center countdown clock to count down the celebrations.

The event was organized via a collaboration between The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, the U.S. Department of the Interior and 59 Productions.

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Other celebrations

Meanwhile, different commemorations, celebrations, and events are taking place worldwide.

Apollo 11, an amazing 4K documentary, full of archive footage detailing the lunar mission, was recently released to commemorate the anniversary.

Artist Luke Jerram, for example, is exhibiting a giant lunar installation – a moon replica 7 meters wide. It is currently showing at the Natural History Museum in London and will tour other parts of the world, including China and the U.S., throughout 2019.

Apollo 11 Anniversary: The Washington Monument Will 'Blast off' on July 16
Aldrin on the moon. Source: NASA/Wikimedia Commons

The Smithsonian has also released an AR app to celebrate the moon landing anniversary. The impressive technology is just one part of a worldwide effort that will see countless people celebrating the incredible technological feat that took place 50 years ago.

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