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Replica of the Saturn V Rocket in La Florida Commune

Replica of the Saturn V rocket, Chile.
So far, the arrival of man on the Moon is the greatest space feat in human history. For this reason, the Chilean Municipality of La Florida, installed a replica of the "Saturn V" rocket, over 30 meters high, at the intersection of Vicuña Mackenna with Americo Vespucio Avenues at "Paradero 14" Bus Stop.

The idea, is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing on July 20, 1969, which shook the entire World and was performed by astronaut Neil Armstrong and his crew mates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, in the framework of the Apollo 11 mission.

Through this installation "we want to join a historical World landmark, which moved millions of people around the globe through two key dates: on July 18, when the rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, and on July 20, when the space module landed on the lunar surface", explained the Mayor of La Florida, Rodolfo Carter, with respect to the reproduction at "Paradero 14" Bus Stop.

A replica of the Saturn V rocket, La Florida Commune, Chile.
     Mayor Carter added, "bringing culture closer to our neighbors is something of great importance, since knowing a little more about our World history, understanding the legacy left by important leading figures over the years, will allow us to visualize with accuracy not only our present, but also, to project us into the future from a dimension of progress and human advancement in a variety of areas ".

 Great Realism

The international commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the arrival of man on the Moon, which in Florida is being remembered with the installation of the "Saturn V" rocket, will be accompanied, also, by a sculpture of Neil Armstrong, as well as giant screens with interesting data of the space race. These events will be framed in an environment of great realism.
The activity will have its climax this Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July with "La Fiesta Familiar del Espacio", when the streets will be closed to make a great celebration with playgrounds, food stalls and various activities.

"We want the residents to participate and get closer to the fascinating world of Astronomy," said Mayor Rodolfo Carter.