In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans have announced a new partnership to create a one-of-a-kind bronze statue honoring the historic spaceflight.
The seven-foot-tall bronze statue, set upon a four-foot-tall concrete base, will depict Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
Its base will feature an engraving which honors the Apollo 11 crew and all those who made their historic spaceflight possible.
The impressive display is being created by renowned sculptor George Lundeen of Lundeen Sculpture in Loveland, Colo.
The detailed statue will be the centerpiece of the new Moon Tree Garden at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
The garden includes 12 Moon Trees that were provided by Rosemary Roosa, daughter of veteran Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa, and president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Moon Tree Foundation.
The foundation was created in honor of Roosa’s father, who took various tree seeds on his space mission. The seeds, which have all orbited the Moon, were later germinated and planted around the world to share the story of the mission.
Since then, the Moon Tree Foundation continues to fulfill its mission by planting second-generation “Moon Trees” all over the world.
The 12 trees in the Moon Tree Garden will represent each crewed Apollo mission to the Moon.
The statue is expected to be officially introduced during the Apollo 11 anniversary celebration in July.
Other events that will take place throughout the summer to mark the Apollo 50th anniversary include:
- the July 15 opening of the reimagined Apollo/Saturn V Center
- a July 16 “flashback” celebration at which visitors will be able to view original footage of the lift-off
- a July 20 extravaganza to mark the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing
- a final welcome home event on July 24 to commemorate the day the Apollo 11 astronauts returned to Earth
For more information, visit KennedySpaceCenter.com.
[Image courtesy Kennedy Space Center]
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