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How Neil Armstrong’s space suit is being preserved for decades to come

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Nexstar News Associate Sunny Tsai reports from Washington, D.C.

Nexstar Broadcasting partners with Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Each summer graduate students from the Broadcast and Digital Journalism program travel to Washington, D.C. and provide reports to local markets from our nation’s capital. Sunny Tsai is a California native reporting for KSEE24/CBS47 this semester.

This week celebrates the 50th Anniversary of America’s first men on the moon.

For the first time in over a decade, the very suit Neil Armstrong wore to the moon is on display again.

Vice President Mike Pence was there with Armstrong’s family. “Apollo 11 is the only event of the 20th century that stands a chance of being widely remembered in the 30th century,” he said.

Smithsonian museum experts designed the renewed suit to last another five decades.

“We’ve been working on it for 13 years, researching the different materials and looking at it and studying it doing an analysis and conservation treatment, so we wanted to have it back for the 50th anniversary, that was our goal just like Neil Armstrong did 50 years today,” explained Lisa Young, a conservator.

“This is what people were watching fifty years ago. They couldn’t see Neil Armstrong. They saw… they were watching the suit step down,” said curator, Cathleen Lewis.

The suit not only symbolizes history for America, but also the future. NASA wants to send astronauts to the moon again by 2024.

But this goal is being criticized by some in the science community for being all about money.

“Right now there’s this tug of war going on between is there… if you do things commercially will it negatively impact science? There’s a lot of argument to say it doesn’t, but there’s also this fear that it will mean doing things less focused on science and more on market creation,” said Aaron Oesterle with the National Space Society.

But this week, the nation celebrates the efforts of Apollo 11 and its team.

A thousand years from now, July 20th, 1969 will likely be a date that will live on in the minds and imaginations of men and women.

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