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The Stone

The Stone


Kidney stone, surrounded by diamonds

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

“The Stone ” will be the first truly man-made object on the Moon. The work features a kidney stone surrounded by diamonds. It juxtaposes what we deem valuable, and what we think is creepy. In essence, diamonds which are rocks we find in the ground are contrasted with kidney stones, which are rocks we create inside our body and “delivered” with great pain. 

The Stone is a piece of gold jewelry with a “stone” as its centerpiece, surrounded by small diamonds, like an engagement ring. It consists of a flat 10mm square base with a “post” in the middle holding up a “setting”. This “setting” prongs on a ring / pendant which aids in holding the diamond in place. The main feature is a 6 mm stone that looks like a tiny asteroid. This is a man-made stone. In fact, I created this stone inside of my own body. It’s a kidney stone.

Kidney stones are controversial objects. Oftentimes, when I show someone one of my kidney stones, I always get a weird reaction. People treat it like it’s radioactive because of how it was “delivered”. Babies are delivered in a similar way and people adore them. Kidney stones are generally destroyed in a lab to find out what they’re made of. Disregarding the misconceptions, I kept mine. I’m a man. Having a kidney stone is the closest I will ever come to having a baby. “The Stone” is my baby.

Technical information:

Artwork name:

The Stone




Henk Rogers


The Netherlands

This work is part of the following collection:

Moon Gallery

Kidney stone, surrounded by diamonds



1 x 1 x 1 cm



IAAA Art Style:

Launch vehicle / mission:

Antares 230+ / NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission

Host spacecraft / hardware:

International Space Station



Launch location:

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Launch date:

19 Feb 2022

Orbit / space location:

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

Return vehicle:

SpaceX Dragon 2

End date:

11 January 2023



Client / Agency:

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space


Henk Rogers

Entrepreneur, computer game designer

The Netherlands

Henk Rogers


Moon Gallery


Moon Gallery


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