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Apollo 11 Neil Armstrong's restored spacesuit goes on display

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Visitors take a selfie with Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit.

The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local):9:15 a.m.

The spacesuit that Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong wore for that one small step on the moon is back on display in mint condition.

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Vice President Mike Pence appeared for the unveiling of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit.

The 76-pound suit had been out of view and needed to be rehabbed before it was put on display Tuesday at the Air and Space Museum in Washington.

On hand for the unveiling were Vice President Mike Pence, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine and Armstrong's son, Rick.

A fundraising campaign took just five days to raise the $500,000 needed for the restoration.

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Lisa Young makes an adjustment on Neil Armstrong's pressure suit.

Calling Armstrong a hero, Pence said "the American people express their gratitude by preserving this symbol of courage."

The Apollo 11 crew of Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched to the moon 50 years ago Tuesday. Armstrong died in 2012. 4:30 a.m.

Apollo 11's astronauts are returning to the exact spot from where they flew to the moon 50 years ago.

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Fifty years ago three American astronauts set off for the moon on a mission. 

 

NASA has invited Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A on Tuesday.

They will mark the precise moment - 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 - that their Saturn V rocket departed on humanity's first moon landing.

Mission commander Neil Armstrong - who took the first lunar footsteps - died in 2012.

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The first visitors view Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit.

It kicks off eight days of golden anniversary celebrations for each day of Apollo 11's voyage.

Also Tuesday morning, 5,000 model rockets are set to launch simultaneously at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

At the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Armstrong's newly restored spacesuit goes on display.

Associated Press