Visitors look on the Gemini 8 spaceship at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
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An Ohio city is shooting for the moon in celebrating its native son's history-making walk 50 years ago this month. The hometown of Neil Armstrong has expanded its usual weekend "summer moon festival" to 10 days of Apollo 11 commemorations. Tens of thousands of visitors -- the biggest crowds here since Armstrong's postmission homecoming -- are expected.Hundreds of millions of people around the world were watching with them as Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface to make "one giant leap for mankind".Though Tangeman doesn't remember much else about his 12th birthday, he has vivid memories of Armstrong's triumphant welcome-home parade that Sept. 6, when most of the city of some 7,000 people joined tens of thousands of visitors to line the streets or climb onto roofs to see Armstrong, celebrities including entertainer Bob Hope, and the marching band from Armstrong's Purdue University alma mater.Although James Rhodes, Ohio's governor at the time, began planning for the museum even before Armstrong was back on Earth, the astronaut himself preferred a low profile in his post-NASA years.
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