WATCH: National Air and Space Museum Puts Neil Armstrong Spacesuit on Display for First Time in 13 Years

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multi-year conservation effort of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Fifty years after the historic Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the moon, the Smithsonian is celebrating by releasing the results of a multi-year conservation effort of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit. (Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office)

WASHINGTON DC ( Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum) – Fifty years after the historic Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the moon, the Smithsonian is celebrating by releasing the results of a multi-year conservation effort of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit.

The National Air and Space Museum is marking the 50-year anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 by putting Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit on display for the first time in 13 years.

The effort to protect and display Armstrong’s suit also included sharing it with a wider audience.

The National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office 3D scanned the suit, helmet, and gloves.

The suit was digitized using a variety of methods including laser arm scanning was the primary capture method that picked up extreme detail down to the weave of the fabric on the suit; photogrammetry was used to capture high-resolution photographic color; structured light captured the larger forms of the suit and served as a data set to tie the more detailed information together; and medical CT was used to capture interior components that were later CAD modeled.

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SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The event will unveil astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit for the first time in 13 years, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the lunar mission.

The conservation of the spacesuit, which Armstrong wore when he walked on the moon for the first time on July 20, 1969, was made possible by a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $500,000 from 9,000 people.

To share the suit with the public, it will be on display near the 1903 Wright Flyer in the Air and Space Museum before moving to its permanent home in a new “Destination Moon” exhibition to open in the next few years.

The suit has also been digitized, and a 3-D model is available to the public online.

The Smithsonian will also send 15 life-size statues of the Armstrong spacesuit to baseball parks around the country as part of the Apollo at the Park project.

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