Look up for hu­man­ity’s new ‘star’

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WHEN space start-up Rocket Lab shot its first launch ve­hi­cle into or­bit on Sun­day from New Zealand’s North Is­land, it was car­ry­ing much more than com­mer­cial satel­lites.

Rocket Lab founder

Peter Beck said a 1 me­tre­tall car­bon fi­bre sphere, re­sem­bling an over­sized disco ball with 65 re­flec­tive pan­els dubbed “Hu­man­ity Star”, was also on board the 17m- long rocket launched from the Mahia Penin­sula.

“No mat­ter where you are in the world… ev­ery­one will be able to see the bright, blink­ing Hu­man­ity Star or­bit­ing earth in the night sky,” Beck said.

His hope was that ev­ery­one would look be­yond the Hu­man­ity Star “to the ex­panse of the uni­verse, feel a con­nec­tion to our place in it and think a lit­tle dif­fer­ently about their lives, ac­tions and what is im­por­tant”.

Once it has set­tled into or­bit, Rocket Lab says the sphere will be vis­i­ble at dawn and dusk. – dpa/ African News Agency (ANA)

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