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Artist to launch reflector into low-Earth orbit

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We may not always realize it, but art helps us change the way we see ourselves. That is why when artist Trevor Paglen imagined launching a reflective, nonfunctional satellite into low Earth orbit, the Nevada Museum of Art knew that his artistic gesture could help to change the way we see our place in the world.

As the twenty-first century unfolds and gives rise to unsettled global tensions, Orbital Reflector encourages all of us to look up at the night sky with a renewed sense of wonder, to consider our place in the universe, and to reimagine how we live together on this planet.
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This was on the TV news tonight. I don't have the full story but I believe he plans to send this up in one of Elon Musk's rockets.

An astronomer that was interviewed was down on this idea, labeling it light pollution.

The artwork reflector is supposed to burn up on reentry after a short life time.

I would think the Air Force would have a say in this as they are keeping track of all the other junk up there.

I think international agreements stipulate that you have to publish planned launch data in advance, such as time of launch, altitude & inclination.
 
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PROJECT OVERVIEW

We may not always realize it, but art helps us change the way we see ourselves. That is why when artist Trevor Paglen imagined launching a reflective, nonfunctional satellite into low Earth orbit, the Nevada Museum of Art knew that his artistic gesture could help to change the way we see our place in the world.

As the twenty-first century unfolds and gives rise to unsettled global tensions, Orbital Reflector encourages all of us to look up at the night sky with a renewed sense of wonder, to consider our place in the universe, and to reimagine how we live together on this planet.
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This was on the TV news tonight. I don't have the full story but I believe he plans to send this up in one of Elon Musk's rockets.

An astronomer that was interviewed was down on this idea, labeling it light pollution.

The artwork reflector is supposed to burn up on reentry after a short life time.

I would think the Air Force would have a say in this as they are keeping track of all the other junk up there.

I think international agreements stipulate that you have to publish planned launch data in advance, such as time of launch, altitude & inclination.

Let's not make a habit of this, we already have way too much stuff/junk up there.
 

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I'm just dreading the day they start putting orbiting billboards up there.
 

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I'm just dreading the day they start putting orbiting billboards up there.

If there is a way to make a buck, someone will do it. Elon Musk may be on the right track for cheap space launches with his reusable rockets.
 

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We may not always realize it, but art helps us change the way we see ourselves. That is why when artist Trevor Paglen imagined launching a reflective, nonfunctional satellite into low Earth orbit, the Nevada Museum of Art knew that his artistic gesture could help to change the way we see our place in the world.

As the twenty-first century unfolds and gives rise to unsettled global tensions, Orbital Reflector encourages all of us to look up at the night sky with a renewed sense of wonder, to consider our place in the universe, and to reimagine how we live together on this planet.
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This was on the TV news tonight. I don't have the full story but I believe he plans to send this up in one of Elon Musk's rockets.

An astronomer that was interviewed was down on this idea, labeling it light pollution.

The artwork reflector is supposed to burn up on reentry after a short life time.

I would think the Air Force would have a say in this as they are keeping track of all the other junk up there.

I think international agreements stipulate that you have to publish planned launch data in advance, such as time of launch, altitude & inclination.


Humans are good at littering the planet, now we are filling up space with unnecessary junk. WTG.
 

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If there is a way to make a buck, someone will do it. Elon Musk may be on the right track for cheap space launches with his reusable rockets.

Musk is a genius... but he needs to start dealing with adversity a little better.
 
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