NASA put a man on the moon. Now, the Smithsonian is putting a rocket on the Mall
USA Today - Mon 15 Jul 20:59 GMT

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, thousands of Americans will have a chance to experience the rocket launch.

  Starting Tuesday night, Americans will have a chance to experience the Apollo 11 rocket launch and moon landing in a multi-part visual show, starting with the illumination of the east face of the Washington Monument with a 363-foot Saturn V. Later in the week, visitors can experience an immersive 17-minute documentary and countdown to liftoff with a 40-foot-wide re-creation of the famous Kennedy Space Center clock.

  A national effort: Apollo 11 moon landing was made possible by 400,000 workers “We thought this would be the ultimate experience of simulating what it was like 50 years ago when a Saturn V launched three people to the moon,” said Katie Moyer, Program Specialist at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, which commissioned the project.

  "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" is part of an effort by the National Air and Space Museum to engage audiences through unconventional exhibits, said Nicholas Partridge, Public Affairs Specialist at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

  To make their vision a reality, the National Air and Space Museum partnered with the U.S. Department of the Interior and 59 Productions, an award-winning video and projection design company.

  Viewing areas are on the National Mall in front of the Smithsonian Castle between 9th and 12th Streets.

  (Photo: National Air and Space Museum) How they did it It’s no simple feat to project light hundreds of feet into the sky.

  Blast off: These TV specials celebrate 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing The viewing area on the National Mall can accommodate up to 24,000 people at a time for each of six separate showings over the two-day run.