Beyond Earth

Neil Armstrong's spacesuit goes on display 50 years after moon launch

David Williams, CNNPublished 19th April 2019
(CNN) — After years of painstaking conservation, Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit is now on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic moon mission.
The exhibition began Tuesday, exactly 50 years after the launch of the Saturn V rocket that carried astronauts Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins on the first manned lunar landing.
Neil Armstrong's  Apollo 11 spacesuit will go on display in July for the first time in 13 years.
Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit will go on display in July for the first time in 13 years.
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Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.
His spacesuit has not been on public view for 13 years.
The museum raised $719,779 in a 2015 Kickstarter campaign to conserve it and other artifacts from the space program.
They built a state-of-the-art display case and mannequin to protect the fragile suit.
The Smithsonian's "Destination Moon" permanent gallery dedicated to the Apollo 11 mission is scheduled to open in 2022.
Until then, Armstrong's suit will be seen alongside another aviation first -- the 1903 Wright Flyer, which brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright used to ring in the aviation era.