A SpaceX Rocket debris on an Australian sheep farm

‘Like an alien obelisk’: Enormous space debris from SpaceX craft crashes into an Australian sheep farm

A weird capsule believed to have come from a SpaceX spacecraft has fallen in the Australian countryside. At 7 a.m. on Saturday, the wreckage was discovered strewn over a few paddocks close to Dalgety, New South Wales, where it had fallen on sheep farmer Mick Miners’ land.

Mr. Miners phoned his neighbor Jock Wallace to ask for advice, but the Australian civil aviation authorities sent him to Nasa. What will I tell NASA about being a farmer from Dalgety? Mr. Wallace spoke to ABC.

The carbon and aluminum fragments are thought to have come from a SpaceX spacecraft that splashed down in May. It most likely originated from the craft’s unpressurized crew trunk since it was moving at a speed of around 25,000 kilometers per hour.

Since a component of NASA’s Skylab station fell in 1979, it may be the biggest piece of debris ever recorded in Australia, standing at approximately three meters high.

According to Brad Tucker, an astronomer, “you can definitely detect charring in images of the debris,” which is something that you would expect to see as a result of re-entry. “Because they often land in the water rather than on land, it is quite uncommon to witness.
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“People often believe they have discovered little bits of space debris, but these would likely burn up upon re-entry, making huge particles like this more plausible, he said.

Prior to the publishing date, SpaceX did not reply to The Independent’s request for comment. In the next ten years, according to researchers, there is a good risk that someone may die due to a rocket that crashes on Earth.

According to a recent analysis of the threat that uncontrolled rockets represent to human life, there is a 10% possibility that such fatalities will occur in the next ten years.
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In comparison to New York, Beijing, or Moscow, the danger of such mortality is higher in the global south, particularly in cities like Jakarta, Dhaka, and Lagos. A Long March-5B rocket, however, came within 13 minutes of impacting New York in 2020.

Source: Independent.ie

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Written by Alex Bruno

Freelance space writer Alex Bruno specializes in covering China's quickly expanding space industry. In 2021, he started writing for SpaceXMania. He also contributes to publications including SpaceNews, IEEE Spectrum, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. When Alex was a small child, he first experienced the space bug after seeing Voyager photographs of alien planets in our solar system. When not in space, Alex likes to go trail jogging in the Finnish countryside.

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