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Museum staff work on researching materials used in spacesuit construction

Conserving the Spacesuit

Preserving Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit while on exhibit requires a display case that not only protects it from being touched, but also allows continuous monitoring of its environment. Light, moisture, and pollutants in the air can damage the spacesuit. The sealed case itself can concentrate heat and trap gases released by materials within the case.

Amanda Young, the Museum’s spacesuit curator, previously treated Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit. In 2001 she completed a systematic study of its materials and determined how to best preserve them as part of a Save America’s Treasures grant. As a result, in early 2006 the suit was removed from its previous exhibit space in the Museum’s Apollo to the Moon gallery. It is now located within a climate–controlled storage facility within the Museum’s Paul E. Garber Facility in Suitland, Maryland.