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While rocket launches aren't typically thought of as "cute", watching the maiden voyage of Rocket Lab's Electron rocket is the closest we'll get to seeing the Brave Little Toaster go to space. Yesterday, the 17m carbon fibre rocket blasted off from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula and made it to the edge of space. Though Electron didn't make it into orbit, it tried its best, and that's all that counts.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Rockets are big, shiny hunks of metal that do extraordinary things -- but you'd probably never call one "cute". Kittens are cute. Quokkas? Definitely. But rockets, not so much -- except for this little guy, from New Zealand-based startup Rocket Lab. Its name is Electron, and after years of preparation, its's finally gearing up to launch as soon as next week.