Getting Ready for the 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

With the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's moonwalk a little over a year away, the museum is making sure everything is looking good for the crowd of people that will be coming to mark the occasion.  

Tuesday, Auglaize Auto Body Shop took the Gemini mockup back to their shop to get restored back to when it was first was made. It's been 15 years since the last big restoration project.  Besides the Gemini, the Apollo capsule will also get a facelift. Over the next year,  Wapakoneta and the museum will be a popular destination with the anniversary, and with the Neil Armstrong movie "First Man" coming out this October.

"We want things to really be in pristine condition when the eyes of the world turns to Wapakoneta as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 so we want to have something available to people to see to experience what the Gemini capsule was like. Then we also have the movie coming out too so in October, 'First Man' will debut and Gemini 8 plays a big role in that film. And so we want people to be able to experience what David Scott and Neil Armstrong experienced when they were in the capsule," said Chris Burton, Executive Director of Armstrong Air and Space Museum.

The restoration of both pieces will take 6 to 8 weeks to complete. The museum just got back the Skylancer airplane after 8 months of restoration work, to make it look new again.