After previous missteps, Tokyo needs their hosting of the Olympics to not only go smoothly, but to wow visitors in order to regain some face. If Japan-based research company Star-ALE has their way, they’ll be the ones to provide the opening ceremony show-stopper that will get things off to a fantastical start—by way of a manmade meteor shower lighting up the night sky.
Source: Fireworks of the Future? Startup Looks to Launch Manmade Meteor Shower for Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony – Core77
It’s about $8M in pellets, which for Olympic style fireworks isn’t crazy, plus launch costs. But the idea that a manmade meteor shower might actually be part of big events in the future is pretty crazy.