WASHINGTON — To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the National Air and Space Museum is projecting a full-size 363-foot Saturn V rocket on the Washington Monument during the evening hours this week, starting at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The rocket will be projected onto the east facing side of the monument on July 16 to 18 from 9:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

smithsonian rocket projected
Photo by Jim Preston, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM2018-027).

Then, on July 19 and 20, there will be a special 17-minute show titled “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon." The museum also said it will celebrate the exact moment the first steps were taken on the moon. 

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There will be viewing areas for the public on the National Mall in front of the Smithsonian Castle between Ninth and 12th streets. 

The show is free and runs three times on both July 19 and July 20. 

Below are the showing times: 

  • 9:30 p.m.
  • 10:30 p.m.
  • 11:30 p.m.

Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit, refurbished for the 50th anniversary, will also be on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum since 2003. The exhibit will open at 10 a.m. July 16. 

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