Saturn V rocket to be projected onto the Washington Monument

11 Juillet, 2019, 05:36 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will project the image of a full-scale, 363-foot Saturn V rocket directly onto the east face of the Washington Monument next weekend, the museum announced.

Towards the end, the massive projection will be accompanied by a special 17-minute show, "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon", that recreates the launch of Apollo 11.

The show combines full-motion projection mapping artwork and archival footage to tell the story of the first Moon landing.

The projection is designed by 59 Productions, an worldwide team made up of artists, architects, and technologists that has brought multi-media events to the Guggenheim Bilbao museum and Edinburgh Castle, among other notable structures. The show will unfold on the face of the Washington Monument and supporting screens, including a 40-foot-wide recreation of the famous Kennedy Space Center countdown clock. H.J. Res. 60 was introduced in the House on June 10, asking the Secretary of the Interior to authorize, "one-time arrangements for displays on the National Mall and the Washington Monument during the period beginning on July 16, 2019 and ending on July 20, 2019".

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The AR experience launching Wednesday promises to place users in a 3D re-creation of the Apollo 11 command module, the first spacecraft to land humans on the moon.

Google has a slew of things planned for July to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and on Wednesday the search giant kicks off the party with the first of two AR experiences that'll put you in the astronauts' boots.

The projection will be visible on July 16, 17 and 18 from 9:30 p.m.to 11:30 p.m. ET.

Through July 20, runners can participate in a virtual race to the moon.

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