Valve co-founder Gabe Newell is sending a titanium garden gnome into space, a possible move sound like the uncontrolled frivolity of a software billionaire, but it’s actually being done for scientific and charitable purposes.
The obvious question you can ask yourself is “Why Does Gabe Newell send titanium the gnome keeps the garden in space? “Yes, because in Half-Life 2: Episode Two, one of the game’s achievements involves enticing a gardening gnome (named Gnome Chompski) throughout the game and placing it inside a rocket.
But the real reason Newell and company are sending Gnome Chompski into space is because the Valve co-founder is currently launching it in New Zealand, where the rocket scientists at Rocket Lab are preparing to launch a number of satellites. Mr. Chompski will hitch a ride on Rocket Lab̵7;s Electron launcher, and Newell has promised to donate money to charity as part of the launch: one dollar per viewer a stream of the launch, possibly. as early as November 15 15.
According to a statement from Valve, the money will go to the Special Care Unit for Children at Starship, a children’s hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. Contributing to this cause is the Weta Workshop, which modeled and 3D printed the titanium space Gnome Chompski for the project. Mr. Chompski will be 150 mm (about 6 inches) tall and will burn when he returns to Earth’s atmosphere while orbiting the Electron.
Rocket Lab says the mission “serves as respect for the innovation and creativity of gamers around the world,” and in more practical terms, “is intended to test and suffice. that a new 3D printing technique could be used for future spacecraft components. “
Rocket Lab plans to launch its Electron (and Mr. Chompski) from Mahia, New Zealand, during a 14-day launch period, open November 15.