Jakarta, CNN Indonesia – The atmosphere and the atmosphere of the moon were felt when we entered the workshop area that was closed to the public in Smithsonian Air Force and Space Museum building, not far from Washington Dulles Airport, United States.
There are stored remains and various equipment that brought Neil Armstrong to the moon 50 years ago.
There are Armstrong gloves that still look new. There are also snoopy seal who became a yellow or communications notebook using the pilot Buzz Aldrin in Apollo 11.
He also saw a space suit that was once worn by Michael Collins, the third astronaut Apollo 11, who was still in a well-maintained condition.
In the second corner, the state of blue silicon on the tips of Armstrong's gloves began to fall.
"After 50 years we know that silicone rubber is damaged, and it becomes a bit crude and breakthrough," said Lisa Young, a custodian of museum items.
Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin were the three men who first walked into the moon. (NASA / AFP)
However, it can take up to 50 years. Because the device was made for only one use when Armstrong and Aldrin dropped on July 20, 1969.
"We know the rubber bag would last only six months, and now it's been 50 years," Young said.
As a guardian of buildings, Young works to delay the degradation of historic buildings. It could be said that Young was very familiar with Armstrong's space clothing. This dress went through several 2006 travel sessions in the US.
This space suit is made of 21 different layers that can not be separated. An outer layer was created fiberglass Teflonware known as beta fabric. This layer serves to protect micrometeorite and radiation users.
Each layer is bonded with chemical reactions such as copper and rubber layers.
From time to time, light exposure makes the clothes yellow. Despite this, Young believes he can maintain the conditions almost as an original.
For the first time, the people walked on July 20, 1969 (Doc Nasa.gov)
Young used a special solution to clean clothing and equipment that first brought people to the moon.
After cleaning, the suit used by Armstrong is kept in a window that has low temperature and humidity and is protected from harmful light. Maneken was also designed specifically to maintain the astronaut's clothing condition.
Clothes that must be protected this month must be protected because they are exposed to many aggressive substances.
"The lunar stern is far more aggressive than we expected," said Cathleen Lewis, the curator of the outer clothing museum.
Just look at a couple of lunar shoes covered with silicone rubber-plated stainless steel that is carried by Gene Cernan, the last person to walk on the moon. The shoe has a black coat, the rest of the country since the moon.
Viewed under a microscope, visible moonlight dust particles are embedded in it and eroded through stainless steel fibers.
From July 16, a large number of space clothing will be again exhibited, as well as a memorial to Apollos 11 from the Earth, 50 years ago.
"I'm sad, but it's easier for me. It's been a long time and a lot of projects and I'm glad to see people again," Young said. (VWS)