Lunar landing in Vienna

News | Vienna Review | July / August 2013

The Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) gained a moon rock. On 18 June, NASA Chief Charles Boldin presented the museum a lunar rock, weighing 84 grams, and two samples of space soil. They were collected during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971 and are considered "space treasure".

Natural History Museum director Christian Köberl stated that, "Stones from the moon are the rarest and thus most valuable of precious stones that can be found." The value of these minerals is calculated based on the cost of the Apollo 15 mission and how many moon-tests were made. One moon rock and two space soil samples amount to €262,000 per gram!

Along with these pricey new space spectacles, the Natural History Museum already boasts the largest collection of meteorites in the world. There are over 7,000 catalogued items and 1,000 objects on display in the "Meteor Room".

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