Detail of Armstrong's Suit

Digitization

One of the major goals of this project is to digitize Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit using state-of-the-art techniques in 3D scanning, photogrammetry, chemical analysis, and CT scanning. We’ve partnered with our colleagues at the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office (DPO) to scan and perform high resolution photogrammetry of the spacesuit. We began in April 2016, with 3D scanning Armstrong's extra-vehicular activity (EVA) gloves. 

The final product will be a 3D view of the exterior and interior of the gloves. The collection of this data and imagery provides us with more in-depth information on the gloves including the shape and morphology of the materials. It will also provide us with condition information that we will archive as a permanent record of the gloves at this moment in time.

The 3D glove scan combined with the photogrammetry data will be released to the public in a virtual gallery that anyone can view online. The 3D gallery will be available here as well as on the Smithsonian DPO website. 

  • Armstrong glove on a stand while being 3D scanned.

    Jon Blundell, program specialist with the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office, collects 3D data on Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 extra-vehicular activity (EVA) glove. 

  • Close up of glove with laser lights projected on palm.

    Using a Faro laser arm scanner, Jon Blundell, captures 3D data of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) glove.