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One More Day to Reboot the Suit!

By Phil Plait

There is now one day left in the National Air and Space Museum’s “Reboot the Suit” Kickstarter campaign.

We reached the goal to conserve Neil Armstrong’s historic Apollo 11 EVA lunar spacesuit—the suit that he wore when he set foot on the Moon—in just a few days. We’re now achingly close to our stretch goal to be able to do the same with Alan Shepherd’s Mercury flight suit, which he wore when he became the first American in space in 1961.

I’m very proud to have been a small part of this project, and you can participate too. There are lots of rewards left! Pledge to support this goal, and let’s make sure future generations can see these important artifacts from the dawn of the Space Age. 

And please help spread the word; use the hashtag #RebootTheSuit on social media. Sincerely: thank you.

UPDATE, Aug. 18, 2015 at 16:00 UTC: WE DID IT!

Wait, no: YOU did it. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, who spread the word, who helped out in any way they could. This means a lot to the people who are working on this project, and to me personally. I couldn't be more proud of what we — of what you — have done here.

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