Giant Astronaut Statue Planned for Houston Suburb

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HOUSTON (AP) A Houston suburb near the NASA Johnson Space Center plans to erect a 130-foot-tall statue of an Apollo astronaut.

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

Houston sculptor and painter David Adickes has been commissioned for the statue, which will not 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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