Moon Landing 40th Anniversary Gives Business a Boost in Wapakoneta

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Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum
Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum

Hailing the Apollo 11 astronauts as “three genuine American heroes,” President Barack Obama says exploration spurs ingenuity and inspires students in math and science. Obama commemorated the day 40 years ago when Ohioan Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took man’s first steps on the moon.

During the weekend, many visitors found their way to Armstrong’s hometown of Wapakoneta and gave some businesses there a bit of economic boost. There, the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum sits on Apollo Drive near I-75. Jack Lambert owns Auglaize Antique Mall located about a mile from the museum. He reports seeing more customers in the store in recent days and reports an uptick in sales of items from the Apollo space missions.

Jack Lambert owns Auglaize Antique Mall located about one mile from the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum which sits on Apollo Drive near I-75 in Wapakoneta.

Four decades after the Apollo 11 moon landing, the rocks collected by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are still helping researchers learn about the moon and the solar system. Washington University lunar geo-chemist Randy Korotev said Monday the rocks hold clues to meteorite bombardment on the moon 3.9 billion years ago, which coincided with what was happening on Earth. Those clues might lend insight into life’s origins on Earth.

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