A piece of space debris from Elon Musk’s spacecraft recently crashed into a farmer’s field in New South Wales, Australia. The 3-meter-long space junk is believed to be part of the SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft, which launched in November 2020.
The farm where the debris crashed belonged to a resident named Mick Miners. Mick’s family heard a loud bang, after which Mick went out into the field to inspect the source of the noise. At first it looked like a tree from afar. But on closer inspection, it seemed like mechanical junk.
The miners informed local authorities who then called Brad Tucker, a space expert at the Australian National University. Tucker inspected the strange object and confirmed it was space junk that was part of SpaceX Crew-1. Explaining the discovery during a radio show hosted by Ben Fordham, an Australian journalist, Tucker said: “It is most definitely space junk that was part of the SpaceX Crew-1 vault,” news.com reported. to.
He added: “SpaceX has this capsule that takes humans into space, but there’s a lower part…so when the astronauts come back, they leave the lower part in space before the capsule lands.”
Sharing the news, along with photos of the space junk, on his Twitter account, Tucker wrote: ‘Just got back from Dalgety, NSW. I was busy confirming that parts of a SpaceX Crew-1 trunk pod crashed into some paddocks in the NSW countryside! Looked:
Just returned from Dalgety, NSW. I was busy confirming that parts of a @SpaceX The Crew-1 Trunk capsule has crashed in some paddocks in the NSW countryside! More info to come: https://t.co/2VJzeYMhhn pic.twitter.com/sQsE4WAxRq
—Brad Tucker (@btucker22) July 29, 2022
In the images, the space debris clearly shows charring, which can be expected from the re-entry of the debris into the atmosphere. According to Tucker, most of the space junk was supposed to land in the ocean, but some went off the rails, including one that lodged in the paddock at a speed of about 25,000 kilometers per hour.
“It’s very rare to see them because they usually don’t land on land but in the ocean. People often think they find small bits of space junk, but they would burn up on reentry, so it’s more likely to be big bits like this,” Tucker said.
Similar space junk also fell on the nearby farmhouse that belonged to Jock Wallace. It is believed to be part of the same debris since it fell on the same day as the one found on Mick’s farm.
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