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Lunar module replica in solid gold was stolen from the Armstrong Air and Space Museum

Solid-gold lunar 5-inch high lunar module replica was stolen Friday night from the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, a city of just under 10,000 in northwest Ohio, where Amstrong was born in 1930.

Replicas of the lunar excursion module crafted by Cartier were presented to Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, in Paris shortly after their historic space mission in 1969. Only three such replicas exist, one for each astronaut who completed the mission. Armstrong died in 2012 at age 82. The FBI and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are assisting Wapakoneta police. The police department said the value of the item cannot be determined. In a statement posted on Facebook, the museum said: "Theft from a museum is a theft from all of us ... For every day that an item is missing, we are all robbed of an opportunity to enjoy it and our history."

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Lunar module gold replica

The museum was opened in 1972 with a large contribution of $528,313 offered by citizens in Wapakoneta. The Cartier jeweler company was founded in Paris, France in 1847. Cartier is well known for its jewellery and wrist watches, including the diamond necklace created for Bhupinder Singh the Maharaja of Patiala and the "Santos" wristwatch of 1904. For his coronation in 1902, Edward VII ordered 27 tiaras and issued a royal warrant to Cartier in 1904.

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