Apollo 11 anniversary celebrated with a 363-foot projection of Saturn V rocket

As part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary Apollo 11 mission to the moon, the Washington Monument was turned into a rocket.

Specifically, the Saturn V rocket that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins out of Earth’s atmosphere and onto their historic mission.

The Saturn V remains the largest and most powerful rocket ever built. To commemorate the launch – which took place on July 16, 1969 – Washington’s Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum beamed a full-size projection onto the famous Washington Monument.

The stunning display took up 363 feet of the Washington Monument’s total 555 foot height.

‘The Washington Monument is a symbol of our collective national achievements and what we can and will achieve in the future,’ said Ellen Stofan, the director of the National Air and Space Museum.




‘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,’ she said.

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