An image of the 111-metre-tall Saturn V rocket that carried the Apollo 11 crew to the moon 50 years ago was projected on the facade of the Washington Monument last night to mark the anniversary of the moon landing mission.

The Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket launched on 16 July 1969 from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A.

The historic moon mission saw Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first men to step foot on the lunar surface, an event that enraptured Americans and marked a pre-eminent chapter in human spaceflight.

NASA is aiming to send humans back to the moon as soon as 2024 in a hastened timeline set by US Vice President Mike Pence in a March speech to the National Space Council, the White House's revived space policy body.

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