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Armstrong Museum Reopens in Ohio

June 1, 1999

WAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) _ After a six-month countdown, the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum reopened Tuesday with more emphasis on the first man to walk on the moon.

The 27-year-old museum, named after the publicity-shy native of this Ohio community, had closed Dec. 1 for a $750,000 remodeling and expansion. The project will be completed next month.

``We decided it was time to update the museum as we were coming into the new century,″ said museum manager John Zwez. ``We needed more room to talk about the space shuttle and the international space station. And there is somewhat more of a focus on Neil and more of a focus on the Cold War and how we got to the moon.″

New displays include Russian Sputnik spacecraft, artifacts and flight suits.

Armstrong and Apollo 11 crewmate Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969.

Armstrong has no active role with the museum.

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