NASA continues to be the author of some pretty impressive stuff. However, the most notorious deed of the space agency was placing a man on the moon. The history will not forget the day all households gathered around TVs to watch the first small step for a man yet a giant achievement for humankind. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that all assets connected to that event became charged with priceless importance. Therefore, the Neil Armstrong Museum has just lost an invaluable piece in the original gold replica of Apollo 11.
The Gold Replica of the Lunar Excursion Module Channels a Story of Community Spirit of the Past
On Friday, authorities responded to an alarm coming from Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio. When they discovered the issue, they found that the case that kept the solid gold replica of Apollo 11 was empty. The 5-inch-tall moon lander was among the few valuables in the whole museum that were missing.
The lost piece of treasure has an uplifting story behind it which makes it more than an item of decoration. Back in 1969, the French newspaper Le Figaro created a campaign by appealing to its readers. The proposal suggested them to make a contribution for a unique tribute to NASA astronauts. The result of this fundraising was three reproductions of the Lunar Excursion Module.
It was French jeweler Cartier that manufactured the unique pieces. Therefore, each member of the lunar mission, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong, received their own 5-inch-tall solid gold replica upon their arrival on Earth.
Another secret of the statuettes constitutes of a microfilm attached to its base. On these films, there are featured all the names of donors who contributed to this project. Even those who spared even 10 francs for astronauts’ tribute appeared on the material.
The FBI and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are currently collaborating for this ongoing investigation. There were no details revealed regarding the suspect or possible footages with the thief in action.
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