SpaceX debris found in sheep pen

Authorities confirmed on Thursday that charred space debris found in Australia in a sheep pen by a rancher came from one of SpaceX’s missions.

SpaceX debris found in sheep pen

The piece of metal, believed to have fallen on July 9, was discovered last week in Dalgety, a remote New South Wales village about five hours’ drive southwest of Sydney. “It was both exciting and strange,” Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist who visited the site after being contacted in July by local farmers, told AFP. Mr. Tucker said that this piece of metal is part of a part jettisoned by the Crew-1 capsule during its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere in 2021. “The Agency has confirmed that the debris is from a mission of SpaceX,” which is owned by multi-billionaire Elon Musk, a spokesperson for the Australian space agency said. Other space junk has also been found at nearby properties and it’s possible it has a connection to SpaceX’s mission. Most space debris washes up at sea, but as space industry activity increases around the world, the amount of debris crashing on land is expected to increase, the spokesperson said. “We have to realize that there is a likely risk of it hitting a populated area,” he added. The Australian space agency said it was working to reduce the number of debris and had raised the issue internationally. (Belga)

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