Credit: Smithsonian/NASM/Jim Preston

Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit will go on display July 16, the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11.

“This is a big moment for us,” explains a Smithsonian Air and Space Museum statement, “because it will be the first time the suit is displayed in 13 years, and the suit just completed a multi-year conservation.”

The suit conservation was funded by thousands of public donations through a Kickstarter campaign in 2015.

A state-of-the-art display case and mannequin have been created to help protect the fragile suit while on display.

Credit: Smithsonian/NASM/Jim Preston

Leftover lunar dust

Does the suit look significantly different to the naked eye?

“No, but that’s the point! Our conservation of the Armstrong spacesuit didn’t aim to make it look brand new, but rather to preserve and stabilize the suit, keeping all of the history-making elements intact,” explains the museum statement.

You can even see Moon dust that remains on the suit from the lunar mission.

For a view of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit in person, it will be on display at the museum in Washington, D.C. starting July 16.

 

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