Neil Armstrong’s Moon Landing Artifacts Are on Display at the Smithsonian

Neil Armstrong's Moon Landing Artifacts Are on Display at the Smithsonian

This July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA shows astronaut Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. posing for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

They were seen on television screens across the nation as Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Exactly 47 years after that historic day, Armstrong’s familiar blue-tipped gloves and helmet are on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

PHOTO: An exhibit of Neil Armstrongs Apollo 11 Visor and Gloves, featuring flown Apollo A-7L spacesuit extravehicular visor and gloves in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air and Space Museums Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia.

Image by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution An exhibit of “Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 Visor and Gloves,” featuring flown Apollo A-7L spacesuit extravehicular visor and gloves in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia.

The fragile artifacts were last seen by the public in 2012, following Armstrong’s death. According to the museum, pieces of the spacesuit “are rotated on and off display based on their individual needs as determined by Museum collections specialists.” Components from the famous space flight are kept out of public view for preservation reasons. The gloves and helmet have been recently conserved, thanks to a successful “Reboot the Suit” Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2015.

Armstrong’s lunar extravehicular gloves and helmet will be on display until July 2017.

PHOTO: An exhibit of Neil Armstrongs Apollo 11 Visor and Gloves, featuring flown Apollo A-7L spacesuit extravehicular visor and gloves in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air and Space Museums Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia.

Image by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution An exhibit of “Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 Visor and Gloves,” featuring flown Apollo A-7L spacesuit extravehicular visor and gloves in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia.

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