Smithsonian Seeks Crowdfunding to Preserve Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

Smithsonian Seeks Crowdfunding to Preserve Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

NASA file image shows Buzz Aldrin on the moon next to the Lunar Module Eagle...This NASA file image shows Apollo 11 U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin standing on the Moon, next to the Lunar Module "Eagle" (R), July 20, 1969. Apollo 11 was launched forty years ago today on July 16, 1969, and carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, who was the Mission Commander and the first man to step on the Moon, Aldrin, who was the Lunar Module Pilot, and Michael Collins, who was the Command Module pilot. Armstrong took this photograph. REUTERS/Neil Armstrong-NASA/Handout (UNITED STATES ANNIVERSARY SCI TECH IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

If you have ever wondered as how you can contribute in preserving a relic of the US history, now is your chance. The Smithsonian recently launched a Kickstarter campaign so as to the gain support of the people for the restoration of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit so that it can be displayed at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Although the artefact wasn’t on display since 2006, however, if the campaign turns out to be a success by raising enough funds, it can be put to on display ahead of Apollo mission’s 50th anniversary which will be due in 2019 and for the upcoming ‘Destination Moon’ gallery which is scheduled to open in the year 2020. The campaign basically seeks an amount of $500,000 for their conservation project which will help to design a climate-controlled case for this historical suit.

Although Kickstarter might seem an odd place for the Smithsonian to seek funding for their new exhibits, but that’s what they’ve decides this time. It’s not like the government can’t help in this critical project. The government does lend a hand for the museum’s core functions like keeping the relics safe and for research and maintenance, but, for new exhibitions, they usually prefer support from donors. One can also expect a reward like a mission patch or 3-D replica of Armstrong’s glove if he/she plans to contribute. The Kickstarter campaign has already begun and you have till mid-August for pledging your crucial support for this project.

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