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Fans heading out to Nationals Park for a baseball game can now make a "short stop" to see a monument to Apollo 11 moon landing history.
The Washington Nationals on Tuesday (June 4) became the first of 15 Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs to display a Smithsonian-created, interactive statue of astronaut Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit. The "Apollo at the Park" program is part of the National Air and Space Museum's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 mission that made Armstrong the first man on the moon.
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"They took the data that we obtained during a 3-D scan of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit and printed a mold to make several copies. They then they applied the photogrammetry and high resolution photography to the cast and painted it accordingly," said Cathleen Lewis, a space history curator at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. "It is incredibly realistic. At this resolution, you can see all of the threads running through the surface of the suit."
The Apollo at the Park statues were created using data collected from a 3-D scan of the real spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the Apollo 11 moon landing mission 50 years ago.
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The real spacesuit, which has been off display for the past 13 years, will debut to the public at the National Air and Space Museum on July 16.
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At Nationals Park, game attendees can find the statue on their way to and from their seats.
"The statue is on our concourse near our home plate gate. What that means is that our fans are going to naturally encounter this statue when they're walking to get their hot dog or a drink," said Gregory McCarthy, the Nationals' senior vice president for community engagement, in an interview with collectSPACE.com. "There are going to be tens of...
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