A NZ Space Odyssey
A NZ company has plans to launch rockets into space, carrying scientific packages, DNA and human ashes. Auckland-based Rocket Lab, co-directed by Peter Beck and Mark Rocket, will start sending its 17-foot carbon-fiber “Atea” rockets spaceward in September 2008. “New Zealand has the know-how to be part of the global space industry”, says Rocket, an internet entrepreneur who changed his name from Mark Stevens by deed poll. Rocket Lab has already signed a deal with American firm Celestis to send human ashes into space.