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yeknom-ecaps
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posted 04-14-2006 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil Armstrong's Ambassador of Exploration award will be given and displayed at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Any ideas on why he chose that location instead of the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta?

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posted 04-14-2006 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neither of these may be the reason, but First Man suggests two possible explanations:
  1. The Armstrong Air & Space Museum already has a moon rock: in July 1972, Tricia Nixon presented an Apollo 11 sample to the museum at its grand opening.

  2. Armstrong objected to the museum using his name without permission, in light of it not being his "personal property" or his "business undertaking". In the years since its opening, his relationship with the museum has been strained.
Separate from the above, there is a considerable security requirement that NASA insists a moon rock host meets at their own expense. It may have been that the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, were it offered the opportunity to host the rock, did not have the resources available.

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yeknom-ecaps
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posted 04-14-2006 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert - Thanks for the insight! I didn't know either of those things.

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Rob Joyner
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posted 04-14-2006 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Plus, Armstrong taught at the University of Cincinnati for about eight years.

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posted 04-15-2006 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RMH   Click Here to Email RMH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was trying to guess to whom Armstrong might give his moon rock to. I thought of the Armstrong museum also as a natural choice but thought they already had a rock and then thought the USAF museum but they already have material flown on Apollo 11. Union Terminal is an interesting choice but I guess it would fit in nicely there.

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