Many years before Americans lined up to glimpse a fragment of rock brought back from the moon, Nininger had discovered a source of information from outer space. Nininger was on his way home from the McPherson College chapel in 1923 when a meteorite fell some distance away in a brilliant light. Already curious about these "falling stars" he began a search for meteorites, leading eventually to what was reported to be the largest private meteorite collection in the world. He was once credited with finding half of the meteorites then discovered in the world. After thirty-seven years of collecting, he sold his meteorites to the British Museum in London and to Arizona State University at Tempe where they were made available for research and study.
In 1966 he told an interviewer, "The study and quest of meteorites have made me a more deeply religious man than before. I see God all around me."
Source: The Brethren Encyclopedia