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From: Prattville, AL
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posted 07-09-2014 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for woodg2   Click Here to Email woodg2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today I made my first visit to the National Air and Space Museum in many years (I just moved to DC two weeks ago). I was a little disappointed to see Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit was off display.

While I am glad they are working to preserve it, I was disappointed to miss seeing it. Does anyone know when it is due to go back on display?

Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-09-2014 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From our 2012 article about Armstrong's gloves and visor going on display:
After this brief display ends, the next time the gloves and visor, together with the Armstrong's spacesuit, may go on display is in 2017 when the museum plans to open a new gallery devoted to the programs that led to men walking on the moon.
That 2017 date may be a bit in flux. The gallery referenced is the overhaul to the current "Apollo To The Moon," which will encompass Mercury, Gemini and Apollo (including the permanent display of Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 capsule and the move of Apollo 11's Columbia to the second floor of the museum).

I understand that work on the new gallery won't begin until funding for it is secured, which likely means waiting until the Milestones of Flight renovation is completed.


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posted 07-10-2014 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pupnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
About a year ago Apollo to the Moon had a sign near the doorway saying it would close in 2015 for a remodeling. A few months ago that sign was gone, so they may not know when that will happen.

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