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Houston Suburb to Erect Astronaut Statue, Museum

Friday, Feb 7, 2014  |  Updated 11:27 AM CDT
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Houston Suburb to Erect Astronaut Statue, Museum

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FILE - In this July 20, 1969, file photo, provided by NASA, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface. Houston sculptor and painter David Adickes has been commissioned for the statue, which may depict a similar scene of a space-suited astronaut planting a U.S. flag on the surface of the moon. (AP Photo/NASA, File)

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A Houston suburb near NASA's Johnson Space Center plans to erect a towering statue of an Apollo astronaut.

The Houston Chronicle reports the statue planned by the city of Webster will be 80 feet tall on top of a 50-foot pedestal that will house a space museum. The proposed site is at Interstate 45 and NASA Parkway.

Houston sculptor and painter David Adickes has been commissioned for the statue, which will depict a space-suited astronaut planting a U.S. flag on the surface of the moon.

City officials estimate the entire space-themed attraction will cost about $30 million, of which $5 million would go toward the statue. Adickes says he'll need a little over a year to sculpt the astronaut

His work includes the 67-foot Sam Houston statue in Huntsville.

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