The Margin: Washington Monument gets turned into a life-sized rocket for Apollo 11 anniversary

George Washington was no Rocket Man, but his namesake monument is now a rocket, man.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum is projecting a life-sized, animated image of a Saturn V rocket on the launch pad onto the face of the Washington Monument in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which culminated with the first men walking on the moon.

So for three nights starting Tuesday, from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Eastern, the east face of the Washington, D.C., obelisk will become a 363-foot, life-sized rocket, accompanied by a 17-minute video presentation. The display includes sound, and a 40-foot-wide countdown clock.

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