[Ed. – O tempora…o mores. Presumably that near-unique artifact is melted down by now and untraceable.]
A solid gold replica of a NASA lunar module has been stolen from an Ohio museum honoring American astronaut Neil Armstrong, police say.
The police department in Wapakoneta, Ohio — Armstrong’s hometown and the location of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum — said in a Facebook post that it was told Friday the artifact had been stolen from the property.
The replica was made by Cartier in Paris, the police said, and given to Armstrong as a gift after the historic Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Only three such replicas exist: Cartier made one for Armstrong and two more for Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the other two Apollo 11 astronauts. Armstrong, the first human to walk on the surface of the moon, passed away in 2012.