Take-off for Rocket Carrying Art into Space is Delayed

The delay of the widely anticipated Nov. 19th launch of a SpaceX rocket in California was a disappointment to more than just the average space fan. The Falcon 9 rocket was set to carry two works of art—a reflective Suprematist-inspired sculptureby the artist Trevor Paglen, and a bust of Nasa’s first African-American astronautby the artist Tavares Strachan—along with dozens of other satellites.

But SpaceX announced in a tweet over the weekend that the planned launch from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base would be cancelled “to conduct additional pre-flight inspections”.

A spokeswoman at the Nevada Museum of Art, which is sponsoring Paglen’s project, says lift-off will take place “sometime after the Thanksgiving Day holiday”.

Paglen, who flew in to watch the launch, is philosophical about the delay, stating: “This is definitely par for the course in terms of doing things in space,” he says. “We’re trying to roll with the punches and accept those things you cannot control.”