Saturday, March 11, 2006

Meteorite stamp

Austria will get a little star dust when the Austrian Post Office launches a stamp sprinkled with real meteorite powder, in a "world premiere" on March 24.

Six hundred thousand copies of the stamp have been made so far. Each stamp will contain 0.03g of star dust, according to the Austrian Post Office.

"The powder comes from a 19kg meteorite found two years ago in Morocco that we crushed through a special process," Post Office spokesperson Michael Homola told reporters.

A collector bought the stony meteorite, also known as a chondrite, after it was authenticated by Vienna's Natural History Museum, Homola said, without explaining how much the operation cost.

"One thing is certain, we are the first in the world to incorporate real meteorite powder in a postal stamp," the spokesperson said.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM