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This image provided by Armstrong Air and Space Museum shows a lunar module replica at Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Police say the rare gold replica of the lunar space module has been stolen from the museum. Police responded to an alarm at the museum just before midnight Friday, July 28, 2017, and discovered the 5-inch high, solid-gold replica had been stolen. (Armstrong Air and Space Museum/Wapakoneta police department via AP)

Neil Armstrong's gold Lunar Module replica is missing


A solid gold replica of the first vehicle to land on the moon that was given to Neil Armstrong went missing Friday, NPR reported.

Police discovered the 1969 Lunar Excursion Module model was missing when they responded to an alarm that went off in the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

In a statement on their Facebook page, the museum said, "Three hundred people driving from across the country were robbed of their opportunity to experience the museum today. For every day that an item is missing, we are all robbed of an opportunity to enjoy it and our history."

And according to a police statement, "The value of such an item cannot be determined."

The 18-karat gold model is one of three made for the astronauts aboard Apoll 11 and was given to Neil Armstrong during a visit to Paris in October 1969, NPR reported. Readers of Le Figaro, a French newspaper, commissioned Cartier to design the replicas for the astronauts.

Armstrong grew up in Wapakoneta, and the Armstrong Air and Space Museum opened there in 1972.

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