Neil Armstrong’s restored Apollo 11 spacesuit goes on display

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The spacesuit that Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong wore for that one small step on the moon is back on display in mint condition.

The suit had been out of view and needed to be restored before it was put on display at the Air and Space Museum in Washington.

Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit is unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington
(Andrew Harnik/AP)

On hand for the unveiling were vice president Mike Pence, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine and Mr Armstrong’s son Rick. A fundraising campaign took just five days to raise the $500,000 (£400,000) needed for the restoration.

Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit is unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington
(Andrew Harnik/AP)

Calling Mr Armstrong a hero, Mr Pence said “the American people express their gratitude by preserving this symbol of courage”.

The Apollo 11 crew of Mr Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched to the moon 50 years ago on Tuesday.

Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit is unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington
(Andrew Harnik/AP)

Mr Armstrong died in 2012.

Chris Price
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