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Reboot the Suit: Bring Back Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

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A chance for citizens of Earth to conserve, digitize, and display Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit for explorers everywhere.
Backers: 9477
Average Pledge Per Backer: $76

Funded: $719,780 of $500,000
Dates: Jul 20th -> Aug 19th (30 days)
Project By: Smithsonian Institution
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Latest News

How Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit is Being Brought back to Life

September 23rd - via:
As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing next year approaches, the Smithsonian has begun the laborious and inspiring project of restoring Neil Armstrong (Read More)

Smithsonian raises more than $690,000 on Kickstarter for its planned conservation of items

July 11th - via:
When the world's largest museum complex asked for aid to conserve a few of its most beloved objects, the response was immediate. (Read More)

Smithsonian Unveils Neil Armstrong's Gloves & Helmet One Year After Kickstarter Launch

July 20th - via:
Just one year after launching its Neil Armstrong Spacesuit Kickstarter campaign, the Smithsonian announced the unveiling of the famous astronaut (Read More)

Smithsonian's first Kickstarter a success: $720,000 raised to 'reboot' spacesuits

August 20th - via:
The spacesuits worn by Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and by Alan Shepard, the first American in space, will be "conserved, digitized and displayed" thanks to the almost 9,500 people who backed the Smithsonian's first Kickstarter campaign. (Read More)

'Reboot the Suit' a success, Neil Armstrong's spacesuit to go on display at Smithsonian

August 19th - via:
The Smithsonian's campaign to bring back Neil Armstrong's suit is officially a success. The Kickstarter campaign to "Reboot the Suit" attracted nearly 9,500 backers and almost $720,000 to pay for the restoration and display costs of the iconic space suit Armstrong wore when he walked on the moon. (Read More)

Smithsonian's Kickstarter to show Neil Armstrong's spacesuit blasts past goal

August 19th - via:
A Kickstarter campaign to preserve and display Neil Armstrong's iconic Apollo 11 spacesuit has exceeded its goal of $500,000. (Read More)

$700,000 Stretch Goal Reached at T-17 Hours!

August 17th - via:
THANK YOU TO OUR 9,122 BACKERS!Thanks to ALL of you, WE did it! $700,000 reached with 17 hours to go! We hope you are as proud as we are to be a part of this mission.   If you have friends who want to join this journey and/or want access to our... (Read More)

40 Hours Left, $28K To Go/Fun Facts about Shepard & Armstrong Spacesuits

August 14th - via:
OPTIMUS PRIME ROLLS OUT TO REBOOT THE SUITWith less than 40 hours left to get to $700,000, Optimus Prime, commander of the Autobots, is leading the charge. Help us reach our $700,000 stretch goal and he'll leave an outgoing message for your voicemail... (Read More)

Countdown T-5 Days!/Destination Moon/Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia

August 13th - via:
THE CLOCK IS TICKINGLess than 5 days remain to get to our $700K stretch goal! Thanks for getting us light years ahead, but we've got just about $40K more to get to our goal. Would you please keep telling your friends about #RebootTheSuit? Let's get... (Read More)

New Reward Tier/From Mercury to Apollo/Mission Patch Update/Cool Kickstarter Campaigns for $500

August 12th - via:
NEW REWARD TIER AT YOUR REQUEST! It's wonderful that you love our rewards, and yes, we've been hearing your great feedback about add-ons. We've looked into it but unfortunately, we’re not equipped to manage this ourselves, and working with another... (Read More)

Countdown is On!/Sharing Your Apollo 11 Stories/Throwback Tuesday/Optimus Prime Reward

August 8th - via:
The Countdown is On!  With 7 days and 13 hours remaining, we are less than $65,000 from our $700,000 stretch goal. If you haven’t made your pledge yet, there’s still time to join the amazing community of backers who are coming along on the... (Read More)

What’s in a Spacesuit Factory? Behind-the-Scenes at ILC Dover/More on Spacesuits

August 6th - via:
This past Wednesday’s Reddit AMA with our curator Cathleen Lewis and conservator Lisa Young showed us just how incredibly passionate and curious you all are about spacesuits!  Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit was custom-fitted for him by ILC Dover... (Read More)

Happy Birthday, Neil Armstrong!/Thank You Bruce R. McCaw and Family/Reddit AMA Today 1-3pm EDT

August 5th - via:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NEIL ARMSTRONG!August 5, 1930 - August 25, 2012 Neil Armstrong was the first man on the Moon and the first to have his spacesuit Kickstarted by YOU!  We celebrate his amazing life and legacy today on what would have been his 85th... (Read More)

Mission Patches/Reddit AMA Tomorrow

August 3rd - via:
MISSION PATCHESMission patches are a really interesting art form. They capture the imagination, the significance and the excitement of something that represents the work of thousands of people, including a handful of brave souls who risked their... (Read More)

Tell Your Friends: Reboot the Suit Today and Double Your Impact!/ About Boots and Suits

August 3rd - via:
DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT TODAYThanks, everyone, for your great response these past few days. You told your friends about #RebootTheSuit and we're so grateful. We're on an awesome trajectory towards our "stretch" goal! Only for today, Bruce R. McCaw and... (Read More)

Halfway Through Our Stretch Goal!

July 31st - via:
Epic News!We've reached the $600K mark! That's $100K more than our original goal of $500K and half-way to our "stretch" goal of $700K. Our target to conserve, digitize and display Alan Shepard's Mercury spacesuit is getting closer.  A huge THANKS to... (Read More)

Reboot the Neil Armstrong suit Kickstarter campaign achieves the goal

July 28th - via:
The Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum have launched the crowdfunding campaign recently as part of their effort to restore the Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit (Read More)

Chris Hadfield & Adam Savage Message/What's Next for the Suit/A Small Favor/Featured Rewards

July 27th - via:
Hello, Everyone!WHEW! You’ve made these past few days a fantastic journey! Here are two guys who share your passion: Thanks to each and every one of you who have backed this project and told your friends about it. Thanks for viewing the videos... (Read More)

What’s Next? Alan Shepard’s Mercury Spacesuit

July 27th - via:
Thanks to you, we’re bringing back Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit. Now, we hope you will join the mission to Reboot the Suit of the first American in space. Alan Shepard’s successful Mercury flight in 1961 led President Kennedy to commit to landing... (Read More)

Smithsonian’s Giant Leap Into Kickstarter Pays Off

July 27th - via:
Millions of Americans gathered around small black and white television sets in the hot July of 1969 to watch Neil Armstrong step off the Apollo 11 spacecraft and set his left boot onto untouched moon dust. Armstrong would go down in history as the first man to ever walk on the moon. (Read More)

Smithsonian's Armstrong conservationists meet fundraising goal in just five days

July 25th - via:
Using the website Kickstarter, the Smithsonian was able to reach its $500,000 goal - which will go towards obtaining Neil Armstrong's iconic space suit from the 1969 moon landing. (Read More)

A Special Thank You to Our Backers

July 24th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Smithsonian nears goal in Kickstarter to preserve Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit

July 24th - via:
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is within $5,000 of successfully completing its first Kickstarter, a crowdfunding campaign to preserve and digitize Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit. The “Reboot the Suit” campaign is raising money to take the suit, which Armstrong wore on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, and create a 3D digital model before putting it on display for future generations. (Read More)

What the Air and Space Museum’s Kickstarter could mean for the future of space exploration

July 23rd - via:
If crowdfunding can help restore Neil Armstrong's space suit, maybe it should aim even higher. (Read More)

The Smithsonian Is Finally Getting Crowdfunding Right

July 23rd - via:
On Monday the Smithsonian Institution launched a Kickstarter campaign to preserve astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit. Now with over $420,000 raised and a healthy 26 days left, the campaign is on track to easily exceed its $500,000 goal. But the Smithsonian’s road to crowdfunding success has been a long and bumpy one. (Read More)

Splash Down: We've Reached our $500,000 Goal!

July 21st - via:
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Unmute Play with sound 00:00 00:00 In the time it took the Apollo 11 crew to land on the Moon and return safely back to Earth, we have accomplished our goal thanks to your phenomenal... (Read More)

We’ve Hit Mission Midpoint! $250,000 Pledged on Day 2

July 21st - via:
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Unmute Play with sound 00:00 00:00 It's about 250,000 miles to the moon and 250,000 miles back to earth. We're halfway to a complete journey. A BIG THANKS to the thousands of you who... (Read More)

More Limited Quantities Added

July 21st - via:
Great news!  We were able to add a few more opportunities for a couple of our most popular limited quantity rewards.  We have added five (5) more invitations to the Museum Moonshine event and nine (9) more Smithsonian flags that flew on Discovery.... (Read More)

Added 20 More for Online Q&A at $300

July 20th - via:
Your enthusiasm was epic yesterday! We saw that we ran out of the Online Q&A reward at the $300 level so we added 20 more this morning. Thanks for backing our project!  (Read More)

Mission Status: $100,000

July 20th - via:
We're all doing the moonwalk because of you! We've soared to $100,000 in one day - and on the anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on the Moon. What a way to commemorate this historic day! Thank you!  (Read More)


July 20th - via:
We're one day into our campaign and we've reached a major milestone - 1,000 Backers! Thanks for taking part in our mission to #RebootTheSuit!  (Read More)

The Smithsonian Teams Up With Kickstarter to Launch a Series of Funding Initiatives; First is Dedicated to Neil Armstrong’s Space Suit

July 20th - via:
On Monday, Kickstarter announced that it has formed a partnership with The Smithsonian to launch a series of crowdfunding campaign for its museums. (Read More)

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