The Armstrong Air and Space Museum is a museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States, the hometown of Neil Armstrong, first man to set foot on the Moon. The museum chronicles Ohio's contributions to the history of space flight. Among the items on display are an F5D Skylancer, the Gemini 8 spacecraft in which Armstrong flew (and in which he made the first space docking), Apollo 11 artifacts and a moon rock. In the museum's Astro-theater, multimedia presentations of the sights and sounds of space unfold against a starry background.The Armstrong Museum is located just west of I-75 at exit 111 (Bellefontaine Street) in Wapakoneta. The museum is operated by the Ohio Historical Society and has no formal relationship with Armstrong. The museum is a component of the National Aviation Heritage Area.Neil Armstrong's early yearsNeil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 on his grandparents' farm, in Auglaize County, near Wapakoneta. He had a sister, June, and a brother, Dean. His parents were Stephen and Viola Armstrong. They raised their family in the small town of Wapakoneta.Museum historyAt the time of Neil Armstrong's first step onto the Moon, then Ohio Governor James Rhodes proposed to build a museum in Armstrong's hometown of Wapakoneta in his honor. The museum also was to honor "all Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity."
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