After years of careful conservation, Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 space suit will be presented this summer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Air and Space to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Moon mission.
After years of careful conservation, Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit will be presented this summer at the Smithsonian National Museum of Air and Space to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Moon Mission.
It will be presented on July 16, exactly 50 years after the launch of the Saturn V rocket that carried astronauts Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins during the first inhabited lunar landing.
Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.
His spacesuit has not been seen by the public for 13 years.
The museum raised $ 719,779 during a 2015 Kickstarter campaign aimed at retaining it, as well as other space program artifacts.
They built a state-of-the-art showcase and manikin to protect this fragile costume.
The opening of Smithsonian's permanent gallery "Destination Moon" dedicated to the Apollo 11 mission is scheduled for 2022.
Until then, the combination of Armstrong will be seen alongside another premiere, the Wright Flyer of 1903, that the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright sounded at the time of aviation.
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