Kickstarter Project Saves Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit
Spacesuits were designed for short-term use consisting of materials that wear out over time. The Smithsonian’s Nation Air and Space Museum launched a crowdfunding campaign to further conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore when he became the first person to step foot on the moon.
The museum partnered with Kickstarter to raise money for a series of crowdfunded projects and hope to raise $500,000 to preserve the spacesuit. The cost will cover the design and construction of a climate-controlled display case along with 3D scanning to digitize it.
Armstrong’s spacesuit hasn’t been on display since 2006, but the museum hopes to have it on display for the 50th anniversary of Armstrong’s moonwalk.
The climate-controlled display case will minimize deterioration of the spacesuit and will allow it to be back on display. This display and 3D scanning will allow the world to see history that forever changed the world.
“We want to preserve Armstrong’s spacesuit — and the story it tells of its incredible journey — down to the particles of lunar dust that cling to its surface. Just like the Apollo program, we will accomplish this in collaboration of thousands of people across the country and around the world,” the Kickstarter description reads.
Because the goal of $500,000 was met, the museum will build a gallery featuring the spacesuit as its centerpiece; opening in 2020. The project goal of $500,000 was met and exceeded on July 24 with $541,798 pledged by 6,846 backers.