At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, Va., Adam Savage examines the Space Shuttle Discovery (which he has a personal connection to), then speaks with National Air and Space Museum's Objects Conservator, Lisa Young, about the challenges of putting such a huge and historic spacecraft on public display!
While in DC celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Adam Savage had the opportunity to see an INCREDIBLE show on the National Mall. "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" was commissioned by the National Air and Space Museum and produced by 59 Productions. Here's how the idea and the technology came together. Watch the full show here!
It's an emotional day for Adam Savage as he comes face to face with Neil Armstrong's A7-L pressure suit, then learns about its long, delicate conservation process from National Air and Space Museum's Objects Conservator, Lisa Young. You can now see the newly restored spacesuit yourself at the Smithsonian!
Adam gets more space stuff in the cave! With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing later this month, Adam shares a few new props made by fellow space enthusiast Ryan Nagata. First is a unique camera+propulsion system made for Gemini, followed by an Apollo-era bubble helmet of unsurpassed fidelity!
I'm SO excited that I can finally announce this, but I've been working with the National Air and Space Museum on a special build to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission, the first time humankind set foot on the moon. We're calling it Project Egress, and it consists of a LIFE-SIZE replica hatch to exhibit in the museum!
Most of all, I will be assembling it LIVE at the National Air and Space Museum on July 18! (No San Diego Comic Con for me this year; I'm all about the Apollo 50th Anniversary.)
There's a story behind the project, too. Using 3D scan data and original technical drawings from Air and Space's archives, an amazing engineering student named Andrew Barth modeled the various intricate mechanics of the Apollo 11 Command Module hatch using Fusion 360.
That detailed digital model of the hatch was separated into its individual mechanical components, which we sent out to more than 40 different makers. They then recreated each piece in their preferred medium, and the artists and fabrication shops who participated are listed below. (Thank you again!)
Adam Savage takes a look at the fabrication process for detailed life-size replicas of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit created for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Apollo at the Park program. Here's how 3D scans of the historic suit were turned into a 1:1 3D print, molded, cast, and then painted to be displayed in ballparks across the country!