Moon rock from the Apollo 16 mission


A highlight of the RiesKraterMuseum is the moon rock that was brought back to Earth by the Apollo 16 mission.

In the Nördlinger Ries, the astronauts trained to recognize impact rocks for the Apollo missions so that they could take samples of similar rocks on the moon. To commemorate this, the American space agency NASA has made the moon rock with the number 66075 available to the Ries Crater Museum. Geological field training sessions for ESA and NASA astronauts still take place regularly in the Ries Crater.

You can also take a virtual look inside the moon rock in the “Virtual Microscope”.

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Film by the “Moviebande” student club at Nördlingen elementary school


The “Moviebande” school group from Nördlingen Mitte elementary school visited our museum at the beginning of the year.

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