Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with a ‘launch’ of the Žižkov TV Tower in Prague.
Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. We heard the famous phrase “The Eagle has landed” that is now re-used to describe any successful event.
Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC with the phrase “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
To commemorate the Apollo 11 mission, there will be a video mapping onto the Žižkov TV Tower in Prague, Czech Republic.
The tower already looks like a spaceship.
The video mapping is designed to make the tower look like it is Apollo 11 taking off July 16, 1969.
The launch date/time is July 20th at 22:17 and is then repeated at the same time on July 21st. Events leading up to the projection will take place from 19:00, with a series of concerts, lectures, interviews and workshops in the Mahlerovy sady, the park next to the TV Tower. Admission is free.
For those familiar with the TV tower, you may wonder why the picture doesn’t show the alien babies crawling up the sides – I took that on the day they were being attached. Here’s a video of that happening.
In 2015, the car maker Škoda created a video of the TV Tower taking off like a rocket for a promotional campaign to promote a new generation of their Škoda Superb vehicle.
No space-themed article can be complete with a live view of the Earth from space.