Armstrong Spacesuit

Armstrong Spacesuit

50 years after the historic Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the moon, the Smithsonian is celebrating by releasing the results of a multi-year conservation effort of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit. The effort to protect and display Armstrong’s suit also included sharing it with a wider audience. The National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office 3D scanned the suit, helmet, and gloves.

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About the Process

The suit was digitized using a variety of methods: laser arm scanning was the primary capture method that picked up extreme detail down to the weave of the fabric on the suit; photogrammetry was used to capture high resolution photographic color; structured light captured the larger forms of the suit and served as a data set to tie the more detailed information together; and medical CT was used to capture interior components that were later CAD modeled. The result is a massive raw data package of 345 GB, which was processed by a team of experts into the different usable 3D models you can download below.


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  • 3D Print Ready Left Glove - .stl (121 MB)
  • 3D Print Ready Suit - .stl (24.2 MB)
  • 3D Print Ready 9 inch Statue of Suit with Base - .stl (22.5 MB)

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VR Ready Downloads.

  • Render Ready Model Suit - .OBJ and .JPG (1.71 GB)
  • Render Ready Model Visor - .OBJ and .PNG (220 MB)
  • Render Ready Model Left Glove - .MAX, .OBJ and .JPG (1.10 GB)
  • Render Ready Model Right Glove - .MAX, .OBJ and .JPG (1.24 GB)

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We strive to make as much of our content available for download as possible. As such we are providing the compressed version you see in the viewer identified as "web ready". As an added bonus we’ve added a .USDZ model that can be viewed in AR on an iPhone or iPad!
  • Web Ready Gloves - .FBX and .JPG (127 MB)
  • Web Ready Model Suit - .OBJ and .JPG (34.7 MB)
  • Web Ready Model Visor - .FBX and .JPG (96.9 MB)
  • Suit Model Rigged for Animation - .FBX (1.62 GB)
  • AR Ready Model Suit - .OBJ and .JPG (23.6 MB)
  • AR experience for use on iPhones running iOS 12 - .USDZ (26.3 MB)