A replica of the 1969 Lunar Excursion Module from which Neil Armstrong hopped to land safely on the moon was stolen Friday night from the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, according to Fox News. The keepsake, which had been given to Armstrong in Paris shortly after the moon landing, is so rare and unique that police say the “value of such cannot be determined.”
Three lunar replicas were made by Cartier and given to each of the three NASA astronauts who embarked on the historic lunar landing. Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins joined Armstrong in Paris to receive their gifts. Armstrong’s replica was 5 inches in height and 4.5 inches square, and made of solid gold, reports NBC News.
Police in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the locale of Armstrong’s museum, received a burglary alarm shortly before midnight. They arrived to discover that the artifact was missing.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation have joined local police agencies in the investigation.
Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta on August 5, 1930 and died in 2012 at the age of 82. To commemorate his historic achievement, the city opened a museum in his honor exactly three years after his legendary walk on the moon.
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