Neil Armstrong’s Space Suit

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, an important artifact was unveiled at the National Air & Space Museum . On the day of the anniversary just a few minutes ahead of the actual time Neil Armstrong would step on the moon in 1969 the suit was presented to the public.

First Flight to Landing on the Moon

It was a thrill to see it this close and see all the details. Seeing a piece of history is always a great thrill. Not only that it’s temporarily placed on display as you exit the Wright Flyer exhibit. The first flight to the first moon landing (within 65.5 years!) all in room hall.

About the suit

The Apollo suit  worn by Commander Armstrong, including the life support backpack, weighed about 180 pounds.

The Shuttle suit, including the life support system, weighs about 310 pounds. The suit we see above weighs about 110 pounds. It included life support and thermal regulation. Tubes channeled water to regulate the suit’s temperature against the harsh environment encountered on the moon.

An astronaut weighing 175 pounds wearing the complete suit, the total weight is about 485 pounds (310 + 175 =495).

Remember, the moon’s gravity’s only 1/6th of earth’s. On the moon the total weight would be 83 pounds!

If you want to learn more about how space suits work, read this link at How Stuff Works.

The display is built to preserve the suit as it was already losing some of its integrity. Protected against UV light and the humidity controlled to help preserve it longer.

You can’t miss it as it’s located just as you leave the exhibit of the Wright flyer. It will soon be part of the permanent display on the moon exploration.

On your next class trip to Washington DC make sure to see the spacesuit worn by Commander Armstrong, an important part of space exploration history.

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