Elon Musk’s SpaceX debris discovered in Australian sheep pen

A charred piece of space junk found protruding from an enclosure by an Australian sheep farmer was confirmed by authorities on Thursday to be part of one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX missions.

The ethereal-looking debris, which is believed to have fallen to Earth on July 9, was discovered last week in Dalgety, a remote area near Australia’s Snowy Mountains, about five hours’ drive southwest of Sydney.

“It was kind of exciting and weird in the same way,” astrophysicist Brad Tucker, who visited the site after local farmers contacted him last month, told AFP.

He said finding the chunk embedded in an empty field reminded him of something from the sci-fi movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“It’s amazing to see it.”

Australia’s space agency confirmed the debris came from one of Musk’s missions in a statement and asked residents to report any new finds to SpaceX.

“The Agency has confirmed that the debris is from a SpaceX mission and continues to engage with our counterparts in the United States, as well as other parts of the Commonwealth and local authorities as appropriate,” a statement said. spokesperson for the Australian Space Agency.

Tucker said the piece was part of a chest dropped by the previous Crew-1 capsule when it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere in 2021.

He said the trunk separated during re-entry, with reports of other space junk also being found at nearby properties, which would likely make more discoveries related to the SpaceX mission.

Most space junk falls into the sea, but with the rise of space industries around the world, the number of space junk is likely to increase, he added.

“We have to realize that there is a probable risk that it could strike once in a populated area and what that means.”

Australia’s space agency said it was working to mitigate the debris and had raised the issue internationally.


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