Jul 18, 2019

Replica of the Saturn V Rocket in La Florida Commune


Translated by: Raul Silva M.
Source: 24horas.cl
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Replica of the Saturn V rocket, Chile.The arrival of the man on the Moon is the greatest space feat in the history of mankind. 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, it is said in the Municipality, is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing on July 20, 1969, which shook the entire World and was performed by the astronaut Neil Armstrong and his crewmates 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 fron 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 installation at "Paradero 14" Bus Stop.


A replica of the Saturn V rocket, La Florida Commune, Chile.
Mayor Carter also added that "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 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 neighbors to participate and get closer to the fascinating world of Astronomy," said Mayor Rodolfo Carter.

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