Alabama Public Radio traveled to Huntsville to capture the 5,000-rocket launch and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s success. Watch the video of their coverage above. 

To commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission launch, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama sought to complete another monumental task: breaking a Guinness World Record.

On the morning of July 16, engineers, scouts, community leaders and plenty of Huntsville residents in between gathered to watch Rocket Center staff fire off 5,000 miniature rockets at the same time. The world record was previously held by a Dutch demonstration at Teylingen College in 2018, wherein 4,231 model rockets raced to the sky.

The launch occurred at 8:32 a.m. CST, the exact time of the 1969 launch from Kennedy Space Center. Beyond that, independent rocket launches will be done by families and independent celebrators throughout the day. The Marshall Space Flight Center, located on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, was responsible for the development of the Saturn V rocket, the spacecraft that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon 50 years ago.

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As history makes itself known through the rocket launch, other bits of the Apollo 11 launch live on in Huntsville every day. The first full-scale Saturn V prototype, created in Huntsville and used for mission testing purposes under the direction of Wehrner Von Braun in the 60s, now hangs inside the Davidson Center for Space Exploration at the Rocket Center. A second replica stands outside, overlooking the city at 363 feet tall.

And the work has yet to be completed. Affectionately nicknamed “The Rocket City,” Huntsville continues to be at the center of space exploration advancements as its teams further develop technology and hardware for current and future interplanetary missions.

The citizens of Huntsville are not done celebrating, either. Apollo 11-inspired festivities are set to occur throughout the month of July. Some of these include an awards dinner, moon landing reenactments, dancing in the streets and a fireworks show. To see all 29 events for the Apollo 11 celebration, click here.

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