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Replica of the Saturn V Rocket in La Florida Municipality

July 15, 2019
Replica of the Saturn V rocket, Chile.So far, the arrival of man on the moon is the greatest space achievement in the history of mankind. For this reason, the Municipality of La Florida, Chile, has installed a replica of the "Saturn V" rocket, over 30 meters high, at the intersection of Vicuña Mackenna and Americo Vespucio avenues, at the "Paradero 14" bus stop.

The idea is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon, on July 20, 1969, which shook the whole world and was carried out by astronaut Neil Armstrong and his crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

With this installation, "we want to join a historic world landmark that moved millions of people around the globe on two key dates: July 18, when the rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, and July 20, when the lunar module landed on the surface of the moon," explained the mayor of La Florida, Rodolfo Carter, regarding the reproduction at the "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 leaders 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 will be commemorated in Florida with the installation of the "Saturn V" rocket, will also be accompanied by a sculpture of Neil Armstrong, as well as giant screens with interesting data of the space race. These events will take place in an environment of great realism.
The activity will culminate this Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 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.