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The spirit of discovery and exploration reaches a new milestone for Spacefox. Let yourself be carried away through the cosmic history of our galaxy by stepping into the Collision universe, a range of high-end jewellery, featuring genuine meteorite fragments, witnesses of the history of the Moon, Mars and the outer reaches of the Universe. (Of our Solar System)

Collision, the new Spacefox bracelet range

After two years of research and development, Spacefox unveils its brand-new project, a bracelet range featuring genuine lunar, martian and iron meteorite pieces, originating from the outer reaches of our Solar system.

With this bracelet range, Spacefox is going a step further in its effort to share the wonder space has to offer.

Indeed, you can buy a genuine lunar, martian or iron meteorite fragment (asteroid dating back to the creation of our galaxy), in a piece of jewellery with a unique design.

As part of its commitment to produce on a local level and to ensure the best quality for the end product, Spacefox has decided to entirely manufacture the Collision range in France.

The COLLISION range is offered in a box ornamented with a silver edging specifically made by SPACEFOX. It includes an engraved metal identification plate as well as a leaflet about the meteorites.

Meteorites, precious witnesses of the history of the Universe

A meteorite is a rocky body of extraterrestrial origin which did not vaporise during its passage through the terrestrial atmosphere.
In this way, it is possible to find meteorites on the Earth’s surface, all over the world.
A good amount of them eventually disappears in the ocean, as water covers 70% of the Earth.

Usually, they are discovered in desert areas such as the Sahara Desert. Indeed, these very dried areas provide the ideal conditions to preserve the meteorites for a very long time.
On average, these fragments spend between 50 and 100,000 years on Earth before being discovered.

The value of the meteorites is intrinsically linked to their rarity.
For lunar or martian meteorites to be able to end up on Earth, it means that a large asteroid has collided the Moon, or Mars, and that the impact was so powerful that some pieces escaped the star’s gravity.

In the same way as for lunar and martian meteorites, iron meteorites originate from impacts between giant objects in the heart of the asteroid belt located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
Following the impact, the fragments are scattered throughout the cosmos. With luck, they eventually cross the orbit of the Earth in the vast emptiness of space.

Today, it is estimated that one meteorite in a thousand comes from the Moon.
To have a better idea of how rare lunar meteorites are: we currently discover 3,500 tons of gold per year, against only a few kilos when it comes to lunar meteorites.

THE IRON BRACELET

Discover the origins of the Solar System with the IRON bracelet

4.5 billion years ago, the formation of the Solar System began with the gravitational collapse of a big part of a giant molecular cloud.

Starting with the formation of the Sun, the rest of the scattered clouds flattened into a protoplanetary disk, transformed over time in planets, moons, asteroids and celestial bodies.

One of the masses made of a metallic core, shattered under the heavy impact of a giant collision of asteroids, thus releasing a multitude of fragments into space.

During their journey through outer space, some of these fragments eventually crossed the orbit of our blue planet and crashed on Earth, or ended up in the oceans.

Meteorite pieces used in the IRON bracelet hit the Earth’s surface in Sweden, where they were discovered by mankind in 1906.

This meteorite is called Muonionalusta.

THE MOON BRACELET

Relive the history of the lunar exploration with the MOON bracelet

Throughout the cosmic history of our Solar System, an asteroid hit the Moon 4 billion years ago.

The power of the impact was so strong, that it ejected numerous fragments into space.

Some of these projectiles crossed the axis of the Earth and were attracted by the gravitational force of our planet.

Once in the atmosphere, many of these debris were carbonised due to frictions with the atmosphere generated while descending towards the Earth’s surface.

Some of them withstood the journey, ending up on Earth and in the oceans.

Following the missions of the Apollo program which lasted from 1961 to 1972, humans could witness the marks of the past left on the lunar surface by the constant impacts of asteroids.

On this occasion, the main mission of the few astronauts who had the chance to set foot on the Moon was to collect samples of Moon rocks.

These 382 kg of samples brought back on Earth allow us today to identify the different meteorites that crashed into Earth.

The piece of Moon rock used in the MOON bracelet was discovered in the North-West of Africa, in 2020.

It is called Regolith Breccia.

THE MARS BRACELET

Take part in the martian saga with the MARS bracelet

Take part in the martian saga with the MARS bracelet

An important number of rocks originating from these chambers were expelled onto the surface of Mars, covering a part of the planet.

Thereafter, in the cosmic chaos, an asteroid eventually hit the red planet, ejecting a part of these rocks in outer space.

After a long journey in deep space, some of the fragments crossed the orbit of the Earth.

After the MARS EXPRESS mission of the ESA in 2003, humans became aware of the intense volcanic activity on Mars.
The orbiter of the mission allowed for the study of Mars by mapping the planet. It was also able to make measurements of the subsurface by using radar waves thanks to the MARSIS instrument.
The meteorite was discovered in 2020, and given the scientific name of Poikilitic Sgergottites.

Stones certified by a meteorite expert

It is understandable to wonder: how to be sure these meteorites are real?

As part of the Collision project, we worked with a professional in meteorite research and identification on Earth: Luc Labenne.

Luc Labenne is a meteorite hunter, he travels all around the world looking for different specimens.

Thereafter, he determines the chemical composition, the origin and the nature of the stone found with a spectrometer.
He sends a piece of the stone to the Meteoritical Society for further analysis, which can then be officially certified and classified in the Meteoritical Bulletin.

The Meteoritical Society is an official organisation dedicated to the promotion of research and education in planetary science with emphasis on the studies of meteorites and other extraterrestrial materials, that further our understanding of the origin of the Solar System.

How to determine the origin of the stone?

In order to determine the martian origin of a stone, scientists specialised in meteorites use a technique discovered in 1983 by Donald Bogard and Pratt Johnson. It consists in piercing fine bubbles in the meteorite. These bubbles contain small amounts of gas from the martian atmosphere corresponding precisely to the analyses conducted by the Viking probe in 1976 (the first probe to land on the surface of Mars). Those same analyses are used today as a reference by the scientists studying martian meteorites.

For lunar rocks, scientists use as a reference samples brought back by astronauts of the Apollo missions. A comparative study is then carried out to confirm the lunar origin.

The iron rocks, originating from asteroids, are compared with meteorites discovered in Sweden in 1906 to be identified. An iron meteorite can be recognised thanks to its distinctive black thin crust made of iron oxide. This type of meteorite is characterised by its heavy weight. Iron meteorites are made of alloys of iron and nickel, which do not exist naturally on Earth.

Iron meteorites are made of alloys of iron and nickel, which do not exist naturally on Earth.

For the purchase of a bracelet of the range, you will be provided with a certificate confirming the origin of the meteorite.

“Actually, this passion came when I was very young, by collecting stones in paths. I remember, when I was a child, at my grandparents’ place, there were paths with gravel and small stones… I used to spend hours, but literally hours to look at every stone. Back then obviously I was not looking for meteorites, but fossils and other minerals. Small fossils…sometimes I would find a piece of urchin, and I used to check what it was in a small book I had, and I was just so happy. So, I guess I would say it started back then, with this passion of looking at the ground.”

Luc Labenne for Science et Espace magazine

On the occasion of the launch of the Collision range, we asked Luke a few questions about his life and career.
We invite you to watch the video interview of Luc Labenne:

A certification and a work of art under the form of an NFT

Ensure the authenticity and the origin of your stone is a crucial part of the Collision project. Thanks to Spacefox, you can use the Elrond Blockchain to keep your certificate of authenticity safe. Your Collision NFT will be the digital alter ego of your bracelet.

NFT is the abbreviation of the term “Non-Fungible Token”. A “token” is a digital asset issued by a blockchain. In the same category, there are Bitcoins, or XRP.
NFTs are different from other cryptocurrencies. Indeed, non-fungible means that every token is unique and cannot be replicated.
Unlike Bitcoins, which are fungible.

Thanks to this technology, Spacefox gives you the opportunity to directly gain access to the certification information of your bracelet.
To make it possible, Spacefox associated with the MAIAR application, a well known Exchange based on the Elrond blockchain.

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