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Tech & ScienceThe Washington Monument Is Transforming Into a Full-Scale Saturn V Rocket for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

06:25  12 july  2019
06:25  12 july  2019 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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Next week, one of Washington , D.C.’s most iconic landmarks will be transformed into a launching pad for the 363-foot As the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum announced in a press release, a full -sized projection of Saturn V —the rocket that sent Apollo 11 into orbit on July 16

For five nights in late July, the Washington Monument will transform into a Saturn V rocket bound for the Moon . That weekend, the launch will come to life with a full -motion projection blending archival footage of the original launch and Moon landing with artwork in a 17-minute event titled

The Washington Monument Is Transforming Into a Full-Scale Saturn V Rocket for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing © NASA, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 4.0 The Washington Monument Is Transforming Into a Full-Scale Saturn V Rocket for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Where better to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing than in front of a revered national monument that also happens to resemble a giant rocket?

Next week, DCist reports, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will project an image of the 363-foot-tall Saturn V rocket that launched Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins into space on July 16, 1969, onto the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument. Underneath the monument, flanked by screens playing a 17-minute program about the Moon landing, will be a 40-foot-wide replica of the iconic Kennedy Space Center countdown clock that NASA has called “one of the most-watched timepieces in the world.”

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As part of the celebration, the image of a 363-foot Saturn V rocket will be projected on the east side of the Washington Monument . There will also be a free show that will have “archival footage to re-create the launch of Apollo 11 and tell the story of the first moon landing ,” according to Smithsonian officials.

WASHINGTON (Gray News) – The National Air and Space Museum is going big for the 50 th anniversary of Apollo 11 . For five days, the Smithsonian will project a full -sized Saturn V rocket on the east face of the Washington Monument . “Almost 50 years ago, the Apollo 11 mission

The Washington Monument Is Transforming Into a Full-Scale Saturn V Rocket for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing © Provided by Sportority, Inc. (Mental Floss) Illustration of the Saturn V rocket projected onto the Washington Monument

Projecting an image onto an irregular object is a little more complicated than doing so on a run-of-the-mill, rectangular movie screen. The process is called projection mapping, which uses augmented reality to conform the projection to the object, making it seem like the projection is actually just part of the object. 59 Productions, the company behind this program, also created the video design for London’s 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony and won a 2015 Tony Award for the video design of Christopher Wheeldon’s stage revival of An American in Paris.

So who exactly has to approve transforming one of our nation’s most famous monuments into a really tall, skinny optical illusion? In this case, the House of Representatives, the Senate, the secretary of the interior, and the president himself. Both houses of Congress unanimously passed the bipartisan resolution, H.J. Res. 60, in mid-June, and the president signed it on July 5.

Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later

Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he flew to the moon 50 years ago with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. © Provided by The Associated Press In this Tuesday, July 16, 2019 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Michael Collins, right, speaks to Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana at Launch Complex 39A, about the moments leading up to launch at 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969, and what it was like to be part of the first mission to land on the moon.

Saturn V rocket on the Washington Monument to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the Apollo 11 How big was the Saturn V rocket that took Apollo 11 to the moon 50 years ago this month? “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon ” will combine full -motion projection-mapping artwork on the monument

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon . Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20

According to Ellen Stofan, director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the larger-than-life nature of the setting befits the occasion. “The Washington Monument is a symbol of our collective national achievements and what we can and will achieve in the future,” she told DCist. “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.”

You can see the Saturn V projection from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on July 16, 17, and 18. The best view is on the National Mall in front of the Smithsonian Institution Building (also known as the “Castle”) between 9th and 12th streets. The entire program, titled “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon,” will run at 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20.

Better than a helter skelter? Now a cathedral is transformed into the surface of the moon with spectacular light and sound installation to mark anniversary of the lunar landings.
The entire floor of the vast cathedral in Lichfield, Staffordshire, has been covered in large craters (pictured) to mimic the imperfections of lunar rock as the medieval building is turned into space. Dazzling colourful lights have also been projected onto the gothic ceiling of the 800-year-old cathedral - as breath-taking photos show visitors lying on their back to watch the striking spectacle.

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