“A celebration of one of humankind’s greatest achievements”

National Mall,
Washington DC

‘Apollo 50: Go for the Moon’ was a once-in-a-lifetime public event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 voyage – the first moon landing and one of humankind’s greatest achievements.

The project was a first-of-its-kind collaboration between 59 Productions; The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum; and multi-award-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards).

“We choose to go to the Moon. We choose to go to the Moon in this decade, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

– President John F. Kennedy

‘Apollo 50: Go for the Moon’ was a free-admission, large-scale public event across two evenings and an unmissable opportunity to see the Washington Monument transformed with a brand new projection-mapping artwork combining archive footage and bespoke animations to tell the remarkable story of the first lunar landing for an audience of thousands, watching on from the National Mall. Using cutting-edge technology, a 17-minute animated artwork was projected onto Washington’s iconic obelisk and surrounding screens. The artwork celebrated the hundreds and thousands of people who worked tirelessly to make this extraordinary mission possible. Their dedication along with those of their successors have allowed remarkable advancements in space exploration over the past fifty years, giving truth to the statement that: the sky is no longer the limit.


Commissioned by

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Executive Producers

Katherine Moyer
Nicholas Partridge



Richard Slaney

Video Designer

Nick Corrigan


Rebecca Collis


Chris Riley
Mark Grimmer

Music by

Jeff Beal

Scenic Designer

Jenny Melville

Lighting Designer

Benjamin Pearcy

Lighting Programmer

Anthony Pearson

Sound Designer

Tom Hackley

Assistant Producer

Hope Delicata


David Curtis
Sean Kothe
Emily Howells
Marco Sandeman
Edd Stockton


Edmund Saunders

Assistant Video Designer

Matthew Taylor

Assistant Video Designer

Felix Green

Design Intern

Flora Macleod

Graphic Designer

Dale Croft

Architectural Assistant

Ayanna Blair-Ford

Production Managers

James Roxburgh
Reid Santabarbara
Jo Athroll

System Engineer

Max Spielbichler

Video Programmer

Sam Jeffs
Iain Syme


Justin Johnson

Venue Sound Engineer

Josh Millican

Soundtrack recorded by

Hollywood Studio Symphony

Solo Violin

Mark Robertson

Orchestra Contractor

David Low


Marco Valerio Antonini

Video Equipment

DWP Live

Lighting Equipment

Atmosphere Inc

Event infrastructure

Event Tech
Linder Global