GOLDEN REPLICA OF LU­NAR MO­D­ULE STOLEN IN OHIO

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

WAPAKONETA, OHIO» Ohio po­lice say a rare gold replica of the lu­nar space mo­d­ule has been stolen from the Arm­strong Air and Space Mu­seum.

Po­lice in Wapakoneta, in north­west Ohio, re­sponded to an alarm at the mu­seum just be­fore mid­night Fri­day and dis­cov­ered the 5-inch high, solid-gold replica had been stolen.

Repli­cas of the lu­nar ex­cur­sion mo­d­ule pro­duced by Cartier were pre­sented to Neil Arm­strong and his two fel­low as­tro­nauts, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, in Paris shortly af­ter their his­toric space mis­sion. Arm­strong, a Wapakoneta na­tive, be­came the first per­son to step onto the moon’s sur­face in July 1969.

The FBI and the Ohio Bu­reau of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion are as­sist­ing Wapakoneta po­lice in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the theft.

Arm­strong died in 2012 at the age of 82.

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