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Robert Pearlman
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Smithsonian launches Kickstarter to 'reboot' Neil Armstrong spacesuit display

The Smithsonian launched its first-ever crowdfunding campaign on Monday (July 20) in an effort to preserve, conserve and display the spacesuit that Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong wore while becoming the first man to walk on the moon.

The Washington, DC institution inaugurated a multi-project partnership with the crowdfunding website Kickstarter with "Reboot the Suit," a campaign to raise $500,000 to digitize and exhibit Armstrong's spacesuit at the National Air and Space Museum in time for the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing mission in 2019. The fundraising effort began 46 years to the day after Armstrong's historic "small step" on July 20, 1969.

"This is the crown jewel of our collection," Cathleen Lewis, who as curator oversees the spacesuits at the National Air and Space Museum, told collectSPACE. "Kickstarter is a very new and innovative way to go for the Smithsonian. We haven't done anything like this before."

lucspace
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posted 07-20-2015 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great initiative! Had no idea the suit wasn't on display... Put in my pledge; counter now at just over $500!

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The work on Armstrong's suit may also pave the way for more of the National Air and Space Museum's spacesuit collection to return on display, as curator Cathleen Lewis said in our interview:
This will be the suit of reference. We're hoping that once we do it for this suit, we'll find ways to do it quicker and more efficiently for the rest of the suits in our collection.

We hope we will be able to increase the number of suits that we have on loan to other museums for display through this process, because we will be minimizing the difference in conditions from storage to display, and that is our greatest hope.

We're taking the next steps. Bringing those storage conditions out for the public to enjoy. So we won't have as many suits in storage — we'll have many, many more we're hoping on display so that people can appreciate the incredible machines these spacesuits are.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-20-2015 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lucspace:
...counter now at just over $500!
Four hours later and already over $15,000!

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posted 07-20-2015 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully Aldrin (and Collins) won't be overlooked at the 50th anniversary exhibit. A side-by-side display of both moonwalkers' suits, plus some of the items found in the 'Armstrong purse' would make it a must-see.

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quote:
Originally posted by onesmallstep:
Hopefully Aldrin (and Collins) won't be overlooked at the 50th anniversary exhibit.
Our plan is to always have one A11 lunar suit in controlled storage and alternate them on display. Plan is to display the entire contents of Armstrong's purse. Aldrin and Collins will get detailed treatment in Destination Moon.

As for the 50th anniversary, we have ambitious plans. Depending on the success of this and other funding efforts we are committed to meet our responsibility to lead an appropriate and meaningful national discussion. Stay tuned.

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posted 07-20-2015 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Backed!

Robert Pearlman
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With more than 1,250 backers, "Reboot the Suit" just passed $100,000:
Kickstarter Backers, we're all dancing the moon walk because of you! We've soared to $100,000 in one day — and on the anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon. What a way to commemorate this historic day!

Please help us get even closer to our goal by sharing this project with your friends and family. We want everyone to have the chance to be part of bringing back Neil Armstrong's spacesuit!

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posted 07-20-2015 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did see a Washington, DC TV segment about Neil Armstrong's suit and Kickstarter. Suit shows some some of the kapton underlayer due to fraying.

Imagine if each collectSPACE member could donate $10 to the preservation of this iconic piece of American history. Count me in!

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posted 07-21-2015 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for holcombeyates     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The plan to "Reboot the Suit" and renovate Neil Armstrong's suit is a great plan. I hope that the same happens to all other flown suits.

Does anyone know if the patches and name tags on Neil's suit are original?

I understand that it was practice (certainly for later missions as they have appeared at auction) to present the astronaut with the flown patches and name tag on returning from the mission.

Rick Mulheirn
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I'm not entirely sure they want to renovate the suit, merely conserve it while at the same time making it more accessible in one format or another.

It is my understanding the inner bladder is pretty shot and to renovate the suit would require pretty drastic intervention.

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Good point - I was lazy with my terminology.

I believe that the bladders are pretty much shot in all of the Apollo lunar EVA suits with the exception of Jack Schmitt's which can still hold pressure.

I saw one of Armstrong's flown beta cloth jump suits on display in Silver Hill circa fall of 1993 — anyone know where it went?

Robert Pearlman
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Armstrong's Apollo 11 inflight coveralls are still part of the National Air and Space Museum collection: jacket and trousers.
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Originally posted by holcombeyates:
Does anyone know if the patches and name tags on Neil's suit are original?
Yes, they are the flown patches. The Apollo 11 crew were offered their patches like the later crews, but declined, choosing instead to leave their suits intact as used on the mission.

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posted 07-21-2015 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good that they chose to leave the patches/name tags on their suits. Just curious: if the Kickstarter campaign exceeds the museum's goal, will the 'extra' funding be used to refurbish/conserve/maintain other artifacts for exhibits on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11?

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Yes, the museum has planned for "stretch goals" beyond the initial $500,000. Curator Cathleen Lewis explains:
"Our stretch goals will directly contribute to the 'Destination Moon' project. There will be additional scanning and research that will be dedicated to objects — first of all spacesuits — that will also be in the 'Destination' gallery."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-21-2015 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now past $200,000 with more than 3,000 backers!

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posted 07-21-2015 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let's show our collectSPACE spirit!

You can spare $11 to an iconic American space artifact.

I donated my $11, what about you? Just do it.

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I just pledged and the project had reached almost $240,000 on the second day... that's impressive.

Robert Pearlman
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$250,000 raised!
It's about 250,000 miles to the moon and 250,000 miles back to earth. We're halfway to a complete journey. A BIG THANKS to the thousands of you who believe in this mission.

Robert Pearlman
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More than $300,000 from 4,100 backers!

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posted 07-22-2015 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in... Done!

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Donated too...!

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Increased from $11 to $20..Done. Then I also get a cling-on decal from Smithsonian in mail (+$2)

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Ditto.

Robert Pearlman
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With more than 6,000 backers, the Smithsonian's Reboot the Suit campaign has been funded! $500,000 and counting, with 25 more days to go...
In the time it took the Apollo 11 crew to land on the Moon and return safely back to Earth, we have accomplished our goal thanks to your phenomenal response and passionate belief in our mission. We can't wait to get to work on Neil Armstrong's spacesuit and bring it back to the Museum, to the world, and most of all, to you. The journey now extends towards further, exciting destinations. Please check our Project Page to find out about our "Stretch Goals."
The campaign is now aiming for another $200,000 ($700,000 in total) to conserve, digitize, and display the Mercury suit Alan Shepard wore during the first American manned spaceflight in 1961.

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Armstrong spacesuit funded, Smithsonian takes next 'giant leap' on Kickstarter

The Smithsonian's first-ever crowdfunding campaign to conserve, digitize and display astronaut Neil Armstrong's lunar spacesuit has rocketed to success and is now stretching to "reboot" other space history artifacts in the national collection.

The Washington institution's "Reboot the Suit" fundraising campaign soared beyond its $500,000 goal on Friday (July 24), just four days after being launched on the Kickstarter website. The sum, which represents pledges by more than 6,000 backers, was achieved 46 years to the day after the Armstrong suit (and the astronaut) splashed down back on Earth following the historic 1969 moonwalk.

"In the time it took the Apollo 11 crew to land on the moon and return safely back to Earth, we've accomplished our goal thanks to your phenomenal response and passionate belief in our mission," the curators and conservators at the National Air and Space Museum wrote on Kickstarter. "We can't wait to get to work on Neil Armstrong's spacesuit and bring it back to the museum, to the world, and most of all, to you."

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posted 07-27-2015 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shepard's suit is not on display either?

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Alan Shepard's Mercury spacesuit has been on loan to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History since 2008, where it is currently on display.

The "Reboot the Suit" campaign's stretch goal will supports its move back to the National Air and Space Museum for inclusion in the "Destination Moon" exhibit, as well as its conservation and digital scan.

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