The Black Widow featured in “Dark Skies, Mystery Lights” exhibition

In her junior year at Marfa High School Anna Guerra built a matt-black rocket she dubbed the Black Widow.  Starting in September 2017 engineers from Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Launch and Test Facility located near Van Horn worked with Marfa High School students to build and launch their own rockets.   In January 2018 Anna’s rocket soared up about 8,000 feet and reached a speed of mach 0.8 (almost the speed of sound).  She recovered the undamaged rocket about two miles away.  It can fly again but before future flights it landed at the Marfa and Presidio County Museum on loan from the creator for the Dark Skies, Mystery Lights Exhibition. Photo by Bayla Metzger/Marfa Public Radio.