Reboot the Suit: Neil Armstrong's spacesuit fundraiser successful.

Smithsonian Apollo Spacesuit Crowdfunding Effort Successful!

Smithsonian Apollo Spacesuit Crowdfunding Effort Successful!

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Aug. 4 2015 11:15 AM

We Will Reboot the Suit!

Armstrong's spacesuit
Neil Armstrong's spacesuit, under the care of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Click to enselenate.

Photo by Phil Plait, with permission by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

I am very pleased to give y’all a quick update on the fundraising campaign to conserve Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 EVA spacesuit: We are fully funded! In fact, we hit the $500,000 goal in just five days, thanks to thousands of people who generously supported the Kickstarter project.

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Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

Wow. Thank you all so much! Know that you have helped contribute to preserving a historic icon and will also help millions of people learn about one of the most important moments in human history: when we first stepped on the surface of an alien world.

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But we’re not done. The next goal is to reach $700,000 so that the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum can perform the same good work on another space artifact: Alan Shepard’s flight suit that he wore when he became the first American in space in 1961.

Alan Shepard's suit
The spacesuit of the second human being in history to go to space.

Photo by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Like Armstrong’s Apollo suit, Shepard’s Mercury suit will be photographed in high resolution to make (printable!) 3-D maps and to conserve as much about it as possible. It will also be displayed along with many other spacesuits at the museum.

We’re already halfway to the new stretch goal with just two weeks left in the Kickstarter campaign. And whether you pledge or not, please help us spread the word on social media using the #RebootTheSuit hashtag.

Again, thank you. This has been amazing so far, and we’re just getting started.