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Rocket Lab Completes First Commercial Launch of Its Electron Rocket

United States-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending seven spacecraft including “six tiny satellites and a drag sail demonstrator” into orbit aboard a relatively small Electron rocket designed primarily for smallsats and cubesats, Spaceflight Now reported. Read More >>

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Astronomers Say Giant Disco Ball in Space Sets a Bad Precedent—One That Could Hurt Science

This past Sunday, rocket startup Rocket Lab launched a three-foot-wide mirror ball into orbit. Called “Humanity Star,” it’s supposed to remind us that we’re all puny specks of dust living in the terrifying vastness of the Universe. Some astronomers have spoken out about the stunt, claiming the sparkly object will interfere with their work—one even compared the abusiveness of the act to sticking “a big flashing strobe-light on a polar bear.” That’s an overstatement, but the bigger problem is the precedent this otherwise useless satellite creates. Read More >>

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Shimmering Disco Ball Launched Into Space by a Millionaire Who Is Totally Not Compensating for Anything

It’s called “Humanity Star,” and it’s supposed to remind us of our puny place in the Universe. Barely brighter than other chunks of metal we’ve put in space, and with an achingly short six-month lifespan, the giant “disco ball,” is more of a publicity stunt than anything else. Read More >>