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Ten Bizarre Things We Launched Into Space This Year – Live Science

This past year, engineers launched many oddities into space, including a Tesla Roadster, a gold-plated canopic jar and a cosmic disco ball. The total list of launched objects is lengthy, so here are the top 10 coolest objects (in our opinion) that blasted spaceward in 2018:

Cosmic disco ball

Got an urge to dance some disco? This past year, you had the opportunity to do it under the cosmic disco ball, which was launched into orbit on Jan. 21 by the U.S. company Rocket Lab. 

The 3-foot-long (1 m) reflective ball’s official name is the Humanity Star, and it was created to reflect the sun’s rays and serve as “a bright symbol and reminder to all on Earth about our fragile place in the universe,” said Peter Beck, the founder and chief executive of Rocket Lab.

However, just like the 1970s, the cosmic disco ball is now dead. It fell back into Earth’s atmosphere in March. [Read more about the humanity star]

By Laura Geggel – Live Science


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