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The first artwork sent into space disappeared.

At the beginning of December, communication with the statue sent to orbit by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket disappeared.

In early December, the Nevada Museum of Art sent SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket into space with a sculpture called Orbital Reflector Nevada. The sculpture was designed to pop out of a satellite and opened in a diamond-shaped balloon. In this way, the sun’s rays would reflect the Earth and be visible to the naked eye.

However, during stopping the six-week study, there was a lack of communication to follow the satellite and the balloon could not be inflated. As a result, all communication with the satellite was lost.

Orbital Reflector, 18 days after being placed in orbit, US President Donald Trump pioneered the longest government closure in the country’s history. The reason for the closure of the government was that Trump and the Congress could not agree on federal funding of $ 5.7 billion for the wall between the US and Mexico.

The museum said in a statement that the Federal Communications Commission (Federal Communications Commission) was unable to inflate the balloon as it stopped working. The FCC plays a critical role in determining what is in orbit and communicating with satellites in the world.


The team of Trevor Paglen, the designer of the sculpture, was able to stay in touch with the satellite after being placed in orbit, but not designed to last for weeks. In the period after the government closed, the signals coming from the satellite were becoming very rare.

Whether or not Paglen sent another statue into orbit is not yet finalized.

The first artwork sent into space disappeared.
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