Space Window at the Washington National Cathedral
Five years after making history as the first men to set foot on the Moon, Apollo 11 astronauts presented the Washington National Cathedral with a small memento from their voyage. In the four years preceding the Moon rock’s arrival at the cathedral, NASA worked closely with St. Louis artist Rodney Winfield to design and construct the window that would house the stone. Known to most as the Space Window, the stained glass creation depicts stars and orbiting planets in hues of blue, green, white, orange, and red, inspired by photos taken from the Apollo 11 mission.
The Space Window is located on the south side of the cathedral. Nearby atop the cathedral’s West Tower, a Darth Vader grotesque introduces an unexpected sci-fi element to the space motif.