Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit Raises Over $500,000 On Kickstarter

Posted: Jul 27 2015, 6:11am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 27 2015, 6:46am CDT, in Latest Science News


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Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit Raises Over $500,000 on Kickstarter
  • Kickstarter Campaign to Raise $500,000 to Display Neil Armstrong’s Original Spacesuit among other Things

Smithsonian Institution has started a massive Kickstarter campaign to raise at least $500,000 to display Neil Armstrong’s original spacesuit among other things that will be put up for display.

Funds are being collected for the presentation of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing in the setting of NASA’s urge to explore space (the final frontier). The spacesuits and other paraphernalia related to the missions to the moon will be included in this exhibit titled the Moonwalker.

It has in its repertoire the spacesuit worn by the first American to go into outer space and that would be none other than Alan Shepard. $500,000 is the goal money which is to be reached and Kickstarter is spearheading the whole thing.

The Smithsonian Museum is also in on the deal and its administration is contributing in its own way to the project. A simulated environment reproducing the kind present when Armstrong landed on the moon along with a three dimensional digital model of his spacesuit will be arranged by the Smithsonian.

3D printing will be extensively employed in restoring and making copies of the original spacesuits and odds and ends of equipment. Thus a solid experience-making will be possible for the public which can’t get enough of the exciting and exhilarating wonders of exploring the limitlessness of outer space.

In July 2019, the 50th anniversary of the “man on the moon” landing will occur. It will be an ideal moment in time to display some of the original stuff worn by astronauts like Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

It is a fact that had the enthusiasm not been so high for this exhibit, the spacesuits of the astronauts may have been left to rot in some basement at the premises of NASA. But since the hopes for the completion of the project went sky high, it is a scheme that is likely to succeed.

Apollo 11 was the mission in which Neil Armstrong took his first step on lunar soil and uttered those unforgettable words “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. The Smithsonian is also into collecting funds for the campaign.

Titled “Reboot the Suit” many methods from chemical analysis to restoration technologies are to be employed in order to make the spacesuit a brand new piece of body armor.

The crowds of space freaks will be delighted to partake in the great space adventures made possible via the exhibit’s various installations. Two thumbs up for NASA, Kickstarter and the Smithsonian!

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