Detail of Armstrong's Suit

Armstrong Spacesuit

The Apollo 11 Moon landing was one of the single greatest achievements in the history of humankind. On July 20 Astronaut Neil Armstrong emerged from the Eagle, descended its ladder, and became the first person to step on the Moon.

During the summer of 2015, the National Air and Space Museum embarked on its first Kickstarter campaign to help the Museum conserve, digitize, and display Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing in 2019. A community of backers around the world came together and within days the project was funded.

Conservation

Armstrong's spacesuit was made for the very specific purpose of preserving human life in the harsh conditions of space and the surface of the Moon. The spacesuit was constructed from a combination of 12 synthetic materials with as many as 21 layers. These materials have a half-life of approximately 50 years and have begun the inevitable process of degrading. These factors make conserving this spacesuit both complex and interesting. See all the latest conservation news from this project. 

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