Rocket Labs, a spaceflight startup based in Los Angeles, secretly stowed away a “disco ball” satellite that has no other purpose than, “to encourage everyone to look up and consider our place in the universe.” The satellite is a “geodesic sphere made from carbon fibre with 65 highly reflective panels. It spins rapidly, reflecting the […]
Space debris becomes an asteroid
In 2002, an amateur astronomer discovered a new asteroid orbiting the earth. Further investigation revealed that is was a long, lost third stage of an Saturn V rocket that has been floating out in deep space since 1969.