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Suspected debris from SpaceX capsule crashes into farmland in Australia

According to Australian farmers and an astrophysicist, a part of the SpaceX capsule crashed into farmland in Australia.

Two farmers were shocked by a loud bang on Saturday morning at 7:01 AM. They found what appeared to be space equipment scattered throughout their sheep paddocks.

Jock Wallace, a sheep farmer, initially called Australia’s civil aviation authority to get guidance. But they advised him that he contact NASA.

“I’m a farmer in Dalgety. What am I going say to NASA?” He told ABC.


Mr Wallace and Mick Miners contacted Dr Brad Tucker, an Australian National University astrophysicist, for assistance.

Sky News’ Dr Tucker said that he explained to farmers why he believes the artifacts were from a SpaceXcapsule that had crashed down on Earth in May.

Image: Photo: Brad Tucker

Dr Tucker explained that the SpaceX Crew-1 Trunk (which is the unpressurized bottom of the capsule) was cataloged at 7:01 AM local time and tracked to be reentering over the southern areas of New South Wales in Australia.

The space junk looks almost like a monolith from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is nearly three metres tall and was found upright in the ground.

Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer, believes that the small New South Wales town of Dalgety, where the trunk was discovered is nearly perfectly aligned to the re-entry path.

Sky News asked SpaceX for information on whether or not the junk it was carrying around the planet orbited by the company.

Dr Tucker stated that the trunk entered the atmosphere and people heard a boom. It also broke apart, which is typical of space junk.

Dr Tucker stated that you can see scorching patterns after inspection. He also said that the object’s composition “matches that of space equipment.”

He added that parts could also be visually matched to photos and parts of the trunk.

Image: Photo: Brad Tucker

The material was fortunately far from the homes and livestock of both the farmers.

Re-entry of space junk remains a controversial topic. The US and China have been exchanging barbaric criticisms over the uncontrolled re-entry of China’s Long March-5B booster.


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