Out of this world! Austria to issue stamp containing meteorite dust

Austria Post are to issue a new stamp on 24 March which marks an exciting first in philately - the world's first stamp to contain actual traces of a meteorite.

The 19kg meteorite, found two years ago in Morocco, has been authenticated by the Vienna Natural History Museum, an institution who have been studying meteorites for over 200 years and are regarded as experts in the field.

600,000 stamps will be produced for the issue, meaning each stamp will contain around 0.03g of genuine meteorite dust.

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