Scientists are furious at a startup that launched a rocket into space that included what they are calling a giant disco ball.
A startup has launched a rocket into space that includes a huge geodesic structure made of reflective carbon fiber panels that some say resembles a giant disco ball. And many in the scientific community are angry about it, complaining that it is bad for science and is akin to littering in space.
It is called the Humanity Star, and the company calls it a “bright, blinking satellite” that will be visible with the naked eye from the ground as it circles the Earth in low-Earth orbit. The company hopes that the Humanity Star will cause everyone to look up and “consider our place in the universe,” they tweeted from its official Twitter account.
The rocket was launched from a pad in New Zealand las tweek, and the “disco ball” is just one item on its payload. It will be in orbit for a few months before it gradually returns to the atmosphere, burning up upon reentry and posing no threat to anyone on Earth. Scientists have compared it to “space graffiti” and one scholar even said it was like allowing a dog to poop in someone’s yard and then just leaving it there.