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.
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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.
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.