Gabe Newell de Valve, with the help of Weta Workshop, sent the garden gnome into space aboard an Electron booster on Thursday

Rocket Lab's sleek black Electron rocket launches Thursday from New Zealand's scenic Māhia Peninsula The mission was a milestone in the courageous spaceflight startup's ambitious plans to retrieve a flying rocket thruster with a helicopter. But it was also a memorable launch for the gnomes and Gabe Newell, founder of the video game powerhouse Valve

A titanium garden gnome from 5 inches, baptized Gnome Chompski, was attached to the Kick Stage of the Electron rocket, a circular platform that drops satellites into orbit and then falls back to Earth, for the duration of the mission.

Chompski will be familiar to Half-Life fans in Half-Life 2: Episode 2, transporting the gnome from his hiding place in the communications building to a rocket achieves the Little Rocket Man Montage achievement, so oddly, to celebrate the flight, Valve updated Half-Life's achievements 2: Episode 2, a game that now has 13 years.

And the real-world Chompski isn't just a fancy weight to attach to a rocket thruster It's performance science The gnome was created with a new 3D printing technique, with the support of the New Zealand Weta Workshop, who will be put to the test on his way to the hereafter.

Clean the separation and jettisoning of the fairing of the stages 1 and 2 Welcome to space, Gnome Chompski! imageTwittercom / 7WYKchR3ux

Chompski's Flight Wasn't Just Science and Video Games He also contributed to the For Every Spectator charity at the launch, Newell has pledged to donate 1 $ at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit New Zealand's Starship Foundation It is not known how many people have been listening live on Twitch and YouTube at the present time

What fate finally awaits Chompski? Not pretty after all, Kick Stage and Chompski will burn on their return to Earth's atmosphere.

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