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Rieskrater-Museum, Nordlingen

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The Rieskrater Museum, sometimes known in English as the Ries Crater Museum, focuses on meteors and their collisions with Earth. The museum is housed in a 16th-century barn in Nordlingen, Germany which was part of the medieval city's center. The area (Nördlinger Ries) is the location of a meteor's impact with Earth c. 15 million years ago and it might have been a double impact (Steinheim crater is nearby). It has been recognized as such since the early 1960s.The museum's collection includes a genuine moon rock from Apollo 16 on loan from NASA in return for using the Nordlingen crater for training for the Apollo 14 astronauts due to its similarities to a moon crater.The museum is affiliated with the nearby Geopark Ries (UNESCO - International Network of Geoparks), whose mission is to protect the crater.The museum opened in May 1990 and received its millionth visitor on 15 December 2012.
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  • Very well structured Museum with continually self explanatory xponaten, film screening, tasteful atmosphere
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  • A very interesting Museum where one will not be bored. Very nice and modern everything shown.
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  • Ries Crater Museum is a good way to spend a few hours. It tells a lot about how Nordlingen came to be and what NASA has explored here. There are some amazing exhibits of fossils and meteorites. The on...  more »
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  • Lol, I find the pictures of very nice
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  • Nice Museum to the emergence of the Ries Crater
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