Federal Bureau of Investigation joins search for stolen rare gold replica of 1969 Lunar Module

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Officials from the Armstrong Air & Space Museum were visibly distressed at the loss of the replica of the module and initially announced that the museum would remain closed for an indefinite period.

A solid gold replica of a NASA lunar module has been stolen from an OH museum honoring American astronaut Neil Armstrong, police say. Only three of them exist in the world, with one made for each of the three astronauts who completed the mission.

"The piece is 5" high and roughly 4.5" square.

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In the press release, the chief of Wapakoneta police Russel Hunlock said, "Entry to the museum was discovered and taken was a solid gold replica of the 1969 Lunar Excursion Module that landed on the moon".

Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta in 1930. The piece is one of only three in existence and was given to Neil Armstrong in Paris after he walked on the moon.

Wapakoneta police said the case remained under investigation on Sunday.

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In a statement posted on Facebook, the museum said: "Theft from a museum is a theft from all of us".

A theft was reported from the Armstrong Air and Space Museum just before midnight on Saturday.

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