Yes, the Smithsonian is letting word out that the National Air and Space Museum needs our help to save the spacesuit of Neil Armstrong.
Turning to crowdfunding master Kickstarter, the Smithsonian announced that the memory of the inciting early days of space exploration could be in the hands of all enthusiasts who wish to kick this campaign into a successful restoration and conservation project.
Neil Armstrong was the first to do the moonwalk back in 1969, on July 20th. The spacesuit he wore that time has been stored in the museum’s capacities. Yet, it deserves to be exposed, admired and remind people of a ‘great step for humanity’.
If the Kickstarter campaign gets enough support, meaning 500,000 dollars, Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum plans not only to save the suit, but to build a specially designed exhibit, complete with climate-control to better preserve the spacesuit. Also, the exhibit will be scanned and 3D so the entire world can rejoice.
Surely, many would argue that as an institution that is funded at the federal level, the Smithsonian has all the money it needs. Yet, things are not quite as they seem. While the federal funds do indeed cover the preservation of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit in the closed storage facilities of the museum, it certainly doesn’t cover its full restoration or displaying it for the public.
Thus, the Smithsonian joins Kickstarter to pool funds for a noble cause. Possibly, saving Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit is not the last we’ll hear of Smithsonian’s adventure on Kickstarter. Once the campaign reaches its target, the spacesuit will be restored and exhibited in a 2019 anniversary exhibition on the moon landing.
Following, the spacesuit will be permanently on display since 2020, when the Smithsonian plans to open a permanent moon exhibition.
And mind you, the spacesuit is intended to keep all moon dust stains and others from the 1969 mission, while doing away with storage stains. Certainly, this requires a great amount of work from restoration specialists and a great deal of equipment to determine which stain is which.
A few patches here and there, correcting faultier patches done over the years, and Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit is ready to be admired by visitors.
As it the case with all Kickstarter campaigns, the Smithsonian’s campaign also brings a bag of goodies for those interested in donating. All the project backers are bound to be duly updated on each restoration detail.
For a 20 dollar donation, backers receive Apollo bootprint decals. A 55 dollar donation will bring backers Star Trek’s designer Mike Okuda own signature patch of the Apollo mission. Fpr 2,500 dollars, backers will be thanked with a Smithsonian flag that has been to space.
Also, donations for this Kickstarter campaign are tax deductible.
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