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Photos: Get ready for 'Galaxy Gold' as Space Needle turns 60

What exactly is “Galaxy Gold”? The distinctive orange hue debuted at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and will be making a reappearance as the Space Needle celebrates 60 years.

This week, five grand prize winners will help paint the Space Needle’s roof the same color it sported during the Century 21st Exposition, more commonly known as the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The roof also returned to “Galaxy Gold” during the landmark’s 50th anniversary.

A six-month long anniversary celebration of both the Space Needle and surrounding Seattle Center kicks off on Thursday, April 21.

Cara Kuhlman is KNKX's online managing editor. Prior to KNKX, she worked at Seattle-based technology and business news site GeekWire for six years. A University of Oregon graduate, she's also studied narrative nonfiction writing and journalism entrepreneurship.