Look up for humanity’s new ‘star’
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)