Lunar stone on display at Noordung centre

Published: 3.9.2020

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Lunar stone on display at Noordung centre

Until the end of 2020, the Noordung Centre will display a stone from the surface of the Moon. This is the first ever display of a priceless piece of the Moon’s surface in Slovenia.

Lunar stone on display at Noordung centre

The basalt sample was collected by astronaut and geologist Harrison "Jack" Schmitt during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972 in the vicinity of the landing site of the lunar module. The 120-gramme piece is part of a larger rock that weighed around eight kilos when it was brought to Earth. It is estimated to be around 3.75 billion years old, which makes it older than 99.99% of all the rocks on Earth. 

The exhibition is made even more attractive by rich and interesting multimedia content, such as the presentation of the Apollo mission and a glance at the future of lunar research with the Artemis programme. Interactive multimedia content lets visitors explore the Moon and discover its most famous craters, seas, valleys and mountains. It also explains the method and purpose of obtaining samples on the Moon and shows where they are kept today, while Apollo 17 astronauts take visitors to the Moon and back via visualisation.

The Noordung Centre at Vitanje promotes space technologies and the manifestation of human achievements in space with the interweaving of art and high technologies. As such, it is a unique venue that showcases that Slovenian, Herman Potočnik Noordnung, made a significant contribution to the cosmonautics on a global scale.

Further information about guided tours and price list is available here

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