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Lunar OutfittersMaking the Apollo Space Suit$
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Bill Ayrey

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066578

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066578.001.0001

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Preserving Our Treasures

Preserving Our Treasures

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

(p.291) Conclusion Preserving Our Treasures
Lunar Outfitters

Bill Ayrey

University Press of Florida

When the Apollo program was over, the items that were returned to Earth became treasures to be shared with the American taxpayers who funded this great adventure and with people from around the world. The space suits are the only life-support equipment that was taken to the moon’s surface and brought back to Earth. That we have relatively few items back from lunar missions makes the preservation of equipment and moon rocks all the more important. Fortunately, America has some of the best museums in the world. The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, located on the Mall in Washington, DC, began as the National Air Museum in 1946. Funding for the present building was approved in 1971 and the museum opened its doors on July 1, 1976.

Keywords:   Apollo program, space suits, National Air and Space Museum

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