Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit goes on display 50 years after historic launch

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(CNN) — After years of painstaking conservation, Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit will be shown this summer at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic moon mission.

It will go on display July 16, exactly 50 years after the launch of the Saturn V rocket that carried astronauts Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins on the first manned lunar landing.

Neil Armstrong's  Apollo 11 spacesuit will go on display in July for the first time in 13 years.

Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit will go on display in July for the first time in 13 years.

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His spacesuit has not been on public view for 13 years.

They built a state-of-the-art display case and mannequin to protect the fragile suit.

Until then, Armstrong’s suit will be seen alongside another aviation first — the 1903 Wright Flyer, which brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright used to ring in the aviation era.

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