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Apollo 11 launched from the Žižkov Television Tower

Prague celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing

Apollo 11 launched from the Žižkov Television Tower Source: CzechInvest

Apollo 11 was launched from the Žižkov Television Tower at 10:17 p.m. local time on Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 July 2019 as part of the Moon 50: Return to the Moon happening at Mahlerovy sady. Video-mapping was used to recreate the launch of the American crew aboard the famous Saturn V rocket that carried the Apollo 11 lunar module with which astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land on the Moon. The Žižkov Television Tower is conspicuously similar to the original rocket in terms of shape and dimensions.

The happening recalled the entire space mission – the launch of the rocket, the astronauts’ stay on the Moon and their splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. An accompanying programme presented the Apollo programme from President John F. Kennedy’s speech in 1961 to the final Moon landing in 1972. Those attending the event could also listen to music provided by the Prague Film Orchestra and the band The Breakers and go to a silent cinema or the From the Earth to the Moon talk show with Jakub Kohák featuring, for example, Marek Aldorf (ESA BIC Prague), Ondřej Šváb (Ministry of Transportation of the Czech Republic), Karel Dobeš (government representative for cooperation with GSA) and Jan Spratek (Education Office of the European Space Agency).

CzechInvest was a partner of the event.

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