Smithsonian launches Apollo 11 space suit Kickstarter project



2015-07-21 09:22:12

The Smithsonian has announced details of a new crowdfunding project which looks to help conserve Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 space suit for future generations.

The museum will work with funding platform Kickstarter to help fund a series of creative projects, and allow members of the public to get involved with bringing ideas to life.

“Through Kickstarter, we are reaching global audiences with the ability to make amazing projects come to life,” said Yoonhyung Lee, director of digital philanthropy at the Smithsonian. “The public will have the chance to directly contribute to specific Smithsonian projects and follow the creative process from fundraising through completion, regardless of their level of support.”

The Neil Armstrong space suit Kickstarter project is aiming to raise $500,000 to allow the museum to preserve and exhibit the suit for the first time since 2006. The scheme will help pay for a climate-controlled display case and the digitization of the suit using detailed 3D scanning.

The suit will be on temporary display to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in July 2019. The Smithsonian then plans to present the suit as the centrepiece of a permanent display entitled 'Destination Moon', set to open in 2020.

“It’s a privilege to be working with the Smithsonian to get important projects like this out into the world,” said Yancey Strickler, CEO and cofounder of Kickstarter. “This is the first time we’ve teamed up with a museum in this way. We are enormous admirers of the Smithsonian, and we’re thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with them and to invite new audiences to be a part of their work. I can’t wait to back this project!”

Backers will receive a range of rewards for their donations, from Apollo 11 mission patches or 3-D prints of his glove, to a behind-the-scenes experience at the museum or the opportunity to meet an astronaut.

The campaign began on July 20, the anniversary of Armstrong's first steps on the Moon, and ends on Wednesday August 19.

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