Smithsonian ‘turns’ Washington Monument into Saturn V rocket for Apollo 11 anniversary

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The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission by projecting a life size rocket on the Washington Monument.

The projection mapping display features a 363-foot high — the actual size of the rocket used to launch the astronauts into space — image of the Saturn V rocket.

The Washington Monument is 555 feet high, so some of the monument remains darkened.

The image started Tuesday, July 16, 2019 and will remain through July 18.

On July 19 and 20, the projection will recreate the Apollo 11 launch using a 17-minute film.

The projection was authorized by Congress June 20.

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