'Apollo at the Park' to Bring Armstrong Spacesuit Statues to MLB Baseball

Space.com | 5/17/2019 | Robert Z. Pearlman
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A new team is taking to the fields of Major League Baseball parks this summer, and they are out of this world.

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has partnered with Major League Baseball (MLB) to deploy 15 replica statues of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong's iconic spacesuit to ballparks across the United States. "Apollo at the Park" will exhibit the interactive, full-sized statues as part of the museum's nationwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of Armstrong's mission, the first moon landing.

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"Baseball ballparks are the perfect venues for new generations to learn more about that summer night [on] July 20, 1969," said Ellen Stofan, director of the National Air and Space Museum. "They allow us to celebrate Apollo's 50th across the country."


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3-D scans of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit (seen above) are being used to create the "Apollo at the Park" statues.

Armstrong's Apollo 11 A7L spacesuit was recently the focus of a conservation effort funded in part by the Smithsonian's first Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and will go back on display for the first time in 13 years at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC on July 16.

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The suit statues heading to the ballparks, created using a 3-D scan of the suit, will be made out of a blend of rigid resin for strength and durability for outdoor display.

The first statue will be unveiled at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on June 4. The other 14 suits will appear at other ballparks soon after.

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In addition to the Washington Nationals, National League teams receiving statues include the Atlanta...
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