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Kickstarter launched to save Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk spacesuit

A camera mounted in the Lunar Module window photographs Neil Armstrong (left) and Buzz Aldrin (right) deploying the U.S. Flag on July 20, 1969.
A camera mounted in the Lunar Module window photographs Neil Armstrong (left) and Buzz Aldrin (right) deploying the U.S. Flag on July 20, 1969. Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. National Air and Space Museum is launching a crowdfunding campaign to conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon.

The campaign begins Monday, marking 46 years since Armstrong’s moonwalk in 1969. Conservators say spacesuits were built for short-term use with materials that break down over time.

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The museum aims to raise $500,000 on the Kickstarter online crowdfunding platform to conserve the spacesuit, build a climate-controlled display case and digitize the spacesuit with 3D scanning.

Armstrong’s spacesuit is deteriorating and hasn’t been displayed since 2006. The museum plans to display it for the 50th anniversary of Armstrong’s moonwalk. Later, the suit will be a centerpiece in “Destination Moon,” a gallery opening in 2020.

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