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The reflective, inflatable sculpture is designed to eject from its satellite and orbit the earth 'for several weeks


The reflective, inflatable sculpture is designed to eject from its satellite and orbit the earth ‘for several weeks

The Nevada Museum of Art sent up a sculpture called ‘Orbital Reflector’ by artist Trevor Paglen. 

The reflective, inflatable sculpture is designed to eject from its satellite and orbit the earth ‘for several weeks before disintegrating upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere,’ the museum said.

Named, the Orbital Reflector, the installation is the length of a football field. 

Back on Earth, people wanting to see it will be able to put their location into a ‘star map’ on the website to find out when Orbital Reflector will fly over.

Mr Paglen said he wanted to highlight how many satellites are circling the Earth.

The new work, is a reflective, inflatable sculpture affixed to a small satellite that will orbit the earth for several weeks before disintegrating upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. 

Mr Paglen said it is ‘extremely unlikely that it will collide with anything else’ in the sky. 

‘It’ll look like one of the stars in the Big Dipper but slowly moving across the sky,’ he told The Telegraph

‘It will be in what’s called a sun-synchronous orbit, and will slowly fall to earth from there, eventually burning up harmlessly as it gets close to earth.’   

 

 

 



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