Apollo 11 Celebration with Light Projection on Washington Monument

Celebrating the Apollo 11 mission, the Americans will hold a demonstration of light projections on the Washington Monument, depicting a Saturn V rocket bound for the Moon.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum conducted plans for a “once-in-a-lifetime” outstanding light show on the National Mall that would commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Light Projection Schedule

Between July 16 and July 18 (Tuesday and Thursday respectively), throughout 9:30 p.m and 11:30 p.m, a projection of the 363-foot Saturn V rocket will be displayed on the east side of the Washington Monument, lining with the Capitol building. The Saturn V rocket was the one that launched Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin into orbit and led them to the Moon.

On that weekend, the launch will be resurrected with a full-motion projection combined with the archived recording of the original launch and Moon landing with added artwork, in a 17-minute display dubbed “Apollo 50: Fo for the Moon.”

Another addition to the show will be the supporting screens that also include a 40-foot-wide reimagination of the Kennedy Space Center countdown clock that will be set up on the Mall, running at 21:30, 22:30 and 23:30 on July 19 and July 20.

A Show for the People

“Go for the Moon” spectacle will be available for all to attend, and people will be able to see it at the National Mall between The Smithsonian Castle and National Museum of Natural History.

The show will be sponsored by Boeing and Raytheon, through a collaboration made by the Air and Space Museum, the U.S. Department of the Interior and 59 Productions.

Air and Space Museum’s website has prepared a fully-detailed map and full support for the attendees, Apollo50GO and 888777 being the text numbers that can be used for receiving new details and live updates regarding the show.

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Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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