The Copernicus plate is an exact, scaled-down replica of the Copernicus crater’s surface on the moon. The plate’s production was made possible by a NASA satellite sent into space in 2009, which, among other tasks, makes 3D scans of the moon’s surface to generate precise models.

Copernicus is made out of porcelain at the Reichenbach Porzellanmanufaktur in Thuringia, Germany. The porcelain plates combine traditional handcraft, high technology and the culture of dining with the exploration of the unknown, in this case the moon — the boundary to our endeavor to explore beyond our own planet.