See the latest from our project team and learn how we're documenting and monitoring the condition of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit inside and out.

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Story The Mystery of Grey Spots on Apollo Glove Posted on Jul 27, 2016

The last time Neil Armstrong's gloves and helmet were displayed, in 2012, visitors asked us about “grey spots” on the right glove. We're conducting research and examining historical documentation to find out why.

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Story Help Us Write the History of Armstrong’s Spacesuit Posted on Jul 19, 2016

One of our goals for this conservation project is to create a concrete timeline of the spacesuit’s condition and to document any historical repairs. To do that, we need your help. We’re looking for photos of the spacesuit from its national tour beginning in 1970, the gloves and helmet on later tours, and the spacesuit on display at the Smithsonian between 1971 and 1976.

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Story The Shepard & Armstrong Spacesuits: 8 Fun Facts Posted on Aug 16, 2015

There's more to these suits than meets the eye.

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Story What does Alan Shepard’s Mercury suit have to do with Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 suit? Posted on Aug 12, 2015

We’ve received a few comments and questions about why our stretch goal for the Neil Armstrong #RebootTheSuit Kickstarter project is Alan Shepard’s Mercury Freedom 7 spacesuit. The short answer is that the two suits bracket the ideas and accomplishments of the Apollo space program.

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Story #RebootTheSuit: Your Apollo 11 Stories Posted on Aug 10, 2015

One of my earliest memories is of watching the Moon landing on TV with my dad. I was barely four years old, so the whole thing really kind of went over my head. I do remember being upset that "Mr. Dressup" had been pre-empted. Also, I was fascinated by the fact that my dad was practically climbing into the TV, he was so excited! (He was a science teacher—genes that skipped me, sadly!) I learned that day, if people could walk on the Moon, anything was possible.

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Story Reboot the Suit: Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit and Kickstarter Posted on Jul 20, 2015

Today is a rather big day for the Museum. Not only are we celebrating the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, but we are also celebrating the launch of something quite new.

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Story Seeing Inside Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit Using CT Scans Posted on Nov 09, 2014

Museum staff recently transported Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit to the National Museum of Natural History for a CT scan. Curator Cathleen Lewis shares her experience as one of those staff members and explains how CT scanning can help in preservation efforts.

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