Apollo 50 Festival brings moon landing to Washington

The Washington Monument is being transformed into a rocket ship for three nights.

The National Air and Space Museum on July 16 projected the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket onto the monument to kick off its “Go for the Moon” show. The display, which will be live evenings through July 18, leads into the Apollo 50 Festival, marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Apollo 50, a presentation by NASA and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, will run on the National Mall in Washington July 18–20. It includes NASA and LEGO Group exhibitions and talks by scientists, engineers and International Space Station astronauts.

Moon's surface projected onto Washington Monument (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)
The moon projected onto the Washington Monument on July 17 (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

The Apollo 11 spaceflight landed astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin — both Americans — on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969.

President Trump in December 2017 signed a directive that provides for a U.S.-led human return to the moon.