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Fifty years ago Astronaut Neil Armstrong bounced down the steps of the Apollo 11 lunar module putting his foot onto the surface of another object in the solar system.

As he did so he slightly muddled the lines of what was supposed to be broadcast and when he saw his footprint on the moon and he blurted out, "That's one small step for (a) man and a giant leap for mankind".

In commemoration of that magnificent achievement images of the largest rockets ever built, the Saturn V, will be projected on the Washington Monument.

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The 50th anniversary of the Moon landing is coming up on July 20 and there are events being held all around Washington D.C. to celebrate. One of the coolest events will be at the Washington Monument, where a full-scale, 363-foot Saturn V rocket will be digitally projected on the landmark as a 17-minute show about the Apollo 11 mission plays on screens nearby.

The event, which is free to the public, was commissioned by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and is being produced by Fifty-Nine Productions in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Boeing and Raytheon are also contributing funds.

“Our identity as Americans is defined in part by the historic act of landing humans on the moon and returning them safely to the Earth,” Ellen Stofan, a director at the Air and Space Museum, said in a press release. “The Washington Monument is a symbol of our collective national achievements and what we can and will achieve in the future.”

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