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The mission is on to preserve Neil Armstrong's spacesuit

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On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong took humankind's first steps onto the moon. Now, the American Government is honouring Armstrong's achievements with a Kickstarter campaign cutely named 'Reboot the Suit.'

The Smithsonian Instituition, an assemblage of museums and research centres that are funded by the US government, started this programme in order to ensure Armstrong's spacesuit may be kept under the right conditions.

Previously, Armstrong's spacesuit was kept in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., where it was on display up until 2006. At this point, the suit was then moved to an environment of lower temperature and humiditity.

This was due to wear and tear. Because of the many different fabrics that were used to make the spacesuit, scientists say that there has been much difficulty found in preserving it. This is why the Smithsonian Institution are working hard to raise a mammoth $500,000 to build a home for Neil's suit.

If the Smithsonian Institution's Kickstarter programme did raise the money in order to save Armstrong's suit, the suit would be back on display by 2019 - just in time for the 50th anniversary of Armstrong's momentous first steps on the moon.

So far $307,380 of the half a million dollars has been raised. Let's hope that the campaign reaches its goals. 

See the Kickstarter page Reboot the Suit: Bring Back Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit here. 




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