Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Happy Birthday, Neil Armstrong - Reboot the Suit
Today marks the birthday of Neil Armstong, the first human to step foot on The Moon.
Next time you're feeling cocky, just remember, Neil Armstrong walked on that shiny thing up there that's affecting the tides and spawning werewolves.
I know Armstrong passed years ago, but why not get him a present? He got you one. He went to THE MOON.
There's a Kickstarter going on that's already reached it's financial goal. The Smithsonian is raining funds to restore the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore wandering around on THE MOON.
Now they're in stretch goals, and the big one is to raise funds to restore the Mercury suit for Alan Shepard, the first American in space.
Restored, we'll all be able to see these suits down at the Air and Space Museum in DC. Already a pretty fantastic place, but who wouldn't want to see even better space displays? And see the very suits of America's real life heroes?
Sure, you aren't helping some dweeb from BFE fund their dream project of a Yu-Gi-Oh fan film, but you are, you know, supporting things that actually matter and aren't a waste of time and resources. I mean, just... ugh.
If you're wondering why the Smithsonian needs to go to Kickstarter... well, (a) it's a publicly funded institution, and we haven't been great about funding public institutions the past decade or so, and (b) what money they do have could also be allocated to work on less high-profile items as well as the suit, so you're making the Smithsonian budget go farther (further?).
Here's that link again.