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'Humanity Star' Satellite Orbiting Earth
High-tech disco ball satellite deployed from NZ-launched rocket (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 301)
Jan 25, 2018 Style & Living
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Rocket Lab hopes a newly launched satellite will be the brightest object in the night sky. As previously reported by MaxNewz, on Sunday the company successfully launched a small Electron rocket into orbit from Mahia Peninsula in NZ.

On board was the 'Humanity Star', a giant, reflective satellite that looks a bit like a disco ball - made from carbon fibre with 65 highly reflective panels, and appearing as la flashing star from Earth.

The first NZ satellite ever to be built and placed in orbit is expected to become the brightest object in the night sky as it reflects the sun's light back to Earth, Rocket Lab said.

It will circle the earth every 90 minutes, flashing light to all corners of the world and will remain in orbit for about nine months. Its purpose is to remind people looking at the night sky that their personal problems were small and trivial, Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck said.

Mr Beck told Morning Report he wanted the first satellite New Zealand launched to be "something a little bit special. It was really important that we do something that the whole world can share in and enjoy," he said.

Satellites can often be seen from earth and the Humanity Star would only be "slightly brighter" than the other stars in the sky.

It was not space junk, and would safely burn up on re-entry, Mr Beck said. "The night sky is full of stars, this is just one other star… It's not like we're polluting out the night sky with a whole bunch of stuff. But it is a symbol and hopefully it's something that people can gravitate to," he said.

The best sighting of it from New Zealand will be in February. The satellite's orbit will be live streamed on http://www.thehumanitystar.com/

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