The Smithsonian Heads to Kickstarter to Crowdfund Preservation and Digitization of Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit
The following Kickstarter campaign is the first in a series of crowdfunding campaigns from the Smithsonian Institution.
From the Kickstarter Blog:
The Smithsonian’s first project, from the National Air & Space Museum, focuses on the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong as he stepped off a ladder and became the first person on the moon.
The suit is highly fragile, so it’s had to be kept in storage. The museum plans to conserve the suit, digitally scan it, and return it to public display ahead of the moon landing’s 50th anniversary in 2019. Backers of the project can follow that process and get unique rewards, including mission patches, behind-the-scenes tours, and the scan data so they can make their own 3D prints of Neil’s glove.
The campaign is titled “Reboot the Suit” and has a goal of $500,000. Learn more about the suit, the project, and the campaign here.
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