Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit was digitized using state-of-the-art techniques in 3D scanning, photogrammetry, chemical analysis, and CT scanning. The museum partnered with 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 is 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 also provides us with condition information that we archived as a permanent record of the gloves at this moment in time.

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Behind the Scenes

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

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