Sculpture destined for space sparks debate among astronomers


Artist Trevor Paglen designed his “Orbital Reflector” to raise questions about what’s sent into space and by whom. With around 1,700 spacecraft currently orbiting the earth along with hundreds of millions of pieces of space debris, astronomers like Jackie Faherty, who’s an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, are skeptical about the sculpture’s impact on space and on their work.