Did you know that 37,000 to 78,000 tons of stardust falls on the earth’s surface every year? The dust is made up of micrometeorites that make it through the earth’s atmosphere – and now two Dutch designers are collecting this rare material from rooftops in the Netherlands. Kirstie van Noot and Xandra van der Eijk are exploring ways to utilize these mini meteorites as a precious resource that literally falls from the sky.

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Kirstie and Xandra believe that stardust could become a new resource for a world that is quickly using up its own natural resources: “As terrestrial resources are depleting and rare earth metals are arguably indispensable for our way of life and our survival as a species, we are in dire need of alternatives,” explains van Noot in her website.

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To salvage stardust, the pair first collects matter from the rain gutters and roofs of houses. They then incinerate the matter and use magnets to pull out particles for inspection. By studying the shape and composition of these particles, the pair is able to identify which ones came from outer space.

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The designers recently displayed their star dust exhibition, “As above, so below” at this year’s London Design Festival. The exhibition included the star dust itself as well as a solid cube made of meteoric material.

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Photography by Ronald Smits Photography

Dutch Invertuals Collected, Kirstie van Noot, Xandra van der Eijk As above, so below exhibition, star dust, extraterrestrial dust, rare earth metal from space, space metals, resources from space, star dust materials, sustainable resources, natural resources, extraterrestrial dust, micrometeorites, London design festival

Dutch Invertuals Collected, Kirstie van Noot, Xandra van der Eijk As above, so below exhibition, star dust, extraterrestrial dust, rare earth metal from space, space metals, resources from space, star dust materials, sustainable resources, natural resources, extraterrestrial dust, micrometeorites, London design festival

Dutch Invertuals Collected, Kirstie van Noot, Xandra van der Eijk As above, so below exhibition, star dust, extraterrestrial dust, rare earth metal from space, space metals, resources from space, star dust materials, sustainable resources, natural resources, extraterrestrial dust, micrometeorites, London design festival

Dutch Invertuals Collected, Kirstie van Noot, Xandra van der Eijk As above, so below exhibition, star dust, extraterrestrial dust, rare earth metal from space, space metals, resources from space, star dust materials, sustainable resources, natural resources, extraterrestrial dust, micrometeorites, London design festival