by Bill Anderton
Last year, on July 20, 2015, the Smithsonian Institute teamed up with KickStarter for the first of several projects to do crowd-sourced fundraising. The first project was to raise money to preserve and restore the space suit used by Neil Armstrong on Apollo 11's moon walk, the one seen in this documentary. NASA transferred the suit to the Smithsonian in 1971. The Smithsonian conserved the suit in a secure controlled environment. The 2015 fundraising project was called "Reboot the Suit" and raised $719,780 from 9,477 donors in about 30 days. The work on the gloves and helmet has been completed and placed on display. The entire suit should be finished in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. I donated to the effort and the Smithsonian sent a thank-you gift of a high-resolution photo of the main body of the suit. Below is a low-resolution version of my thank-you photo.