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July 20, 2016 – July 2017
In commemoration of the 47th anniversary of the first moon landing, Neil Armstrong’s lunar extravehicular gloves and helmet are on display for the first time since 2012. The artifacts recently underwent conservation as part of the successful “Reboot the Suit” Kickstarter campaign conducted in summer 2015. They will be on view for one year.
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AIRXNA_160819_07.JPG: Armstrong's Extravehicular Gloves
Armstrong wore these gloves while walking around on the Moon. They attached to his spacesuit at the wrists.
The gloves are made of an outer, cut-resistant gray fabric called Chromel-R across the hands and have a thermal insulation gauntlet to provide protection. The blue fingertips are silicone rubber to provide sensitivity. The inner gloves consist of a rubber/neoprene compounds, into which the restraint system is integrated to protect the gloves from ballooning.
AIRXNA_160819_09.JPG: Look Closely...
On the left glove, notice the printed checklist sewn into the gauntlet. It gave Armstrong easy access to procedures as he made his first steps on the Moon.
On the right glove, notice the dark spots on the gauntlet. They indicate sealed repairs to the glove fabric that were made before or after the flight.
AIRXNA_160819_15.JPG: Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Visor and Gloves
Neil Armstrong wore these on the Moon when he became the first person to step onto another world on July 20, 1969. They are displayed here to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
AIRXNA_160819_18.JPG: Reboot The Suit
In the summer of 2015, the Smithsonian launched its first Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, called "Reboot the Suit." Its goal was to fund the digitization, conservation, and display of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit. The project was very successful and gained more than 9,400 backers.
This display represents the work that has been completed so far. The Museum plans to have Armstrong's suit ready for display for Apollo 11's 50th anniversary in 2019.
AIRXNA_160819_22.JPG: Neil A. Armstrong
Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. After serving as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952, he joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in 1955. He transferred to astronaut status in 1962 as a research pilot at NASA's Edwards Flight Research Center.
Armstrong served as command pilot for Gemini 8. As commander for Apollo 11, he became the first person to land a spacecraft on the Moon and the first to step onto the lunar surface.
AIRXNA_160819_33.JPG: Armstrong's Extravehicular Visor
This visor protected Armstrong's eyes from the unfiltered brightness and radiation of the Sun while on the Moon's airless surface. It fit over his pressure helmet and fastened with a latch. The fabric covering provided additional thermal and light protection.
The A7-L Lunar Extravehicular Visor Assembly consists of a polycarbonate shell, onto which the cover, visors, eyeshades, and latch are attached. It has two central visors, one covered with a thermal control coating and the other with a gold optical coating. It also has two side sunshields that can be raised and lowered independently.
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