SpaceX space debris found in fields in Australia

Sydney, Australia.- A charred piece of space debris found on farmland in New South Wales is part of one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX missions, Australian authorities confirmed Thursday.

The debris, believed to have plummeted to Earth on July 9, was found by a sheep farmer last week in Dalgety, a remote area near Australia’s Snowy Mountains, about a five-hour drive southwest. from Sydney.

Australia’s space agency confirmed in a statement that the debris came from one of Musk’s missions and asked locals to report any additional findings to SpaceX.

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

Astrophysicist Brad Tucker, who visited the site after being contacted by local farmers last month, explained that the piece was part of a trunk discarded by the previous Crew-1 capsule when it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere in 2021.

There are already other reports of space debris found on nearby properties, making it likely that more pieces from the SpaceX mission will turn up.

“It was exciting and weird at the same time,” Tucker said.

Finding the large chunk embedded in an empty field reminded him of the science fiction movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the scientist said. “It’s amazing to see.”

Most space debris falls into the sea, but with the rise of space industries around the world, the amount that crashes to Earth is likely to increase, Tucker added.

“We have to realize that there is a likely risk that it could hit a populated area once and what that means,” he warned.

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