Expect 3 tonnes of junk from outer space to land on Friday on the moon. According to CBS News.
Initially, SpaceX took responsibility for the leftover junk when Bill Gray, an asteroid tracker, shared details of the collision’s course in the beginning of 2022.
Gray believed it to be a SpaceX Falcon Rocket upper stage from the 2015 launch a deep-space climate observatory for NASA. However, a month later he said that the “mystery”SpaceX did not send object, CBS.
Gray believes that the material is the third stage of a Chinese rocket testing sample from 2014. However, Chinese experts disagree with Gray’s assessment. Ministry officials claimed that the upper stage had been destroyed when it entered Earth’s atmosphere.
Because there were two Chinese operations that were similar, U.S. officials believe there could be confusion between the two, CBS reported.
According to the outlet, the U.S. Space Command — which tracks “lower space junk,” has confirmed that the Chinese upper stage from the 2014 lunar mission never actually deorbited, despite the database records.
Authorities cannot however determine where the junk is coming from.
Experts have confirmed that the material will smash into the far side of the moon at 5,800 mph on Friday.
Experts warned that it could take months to confirm satellite images of the impact. CBS reports that the moon is unable to defend itself from weather and erosion, and that the final result will be a large crater regardless the origin of the space junk.
“The effect will be the same,” Jonathan McDowellOf the Harvard and Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “It’ll leave yet another small crater on the moon.”
According to the outlet the scientists anticipate the remnants will leave a 33-66 foot hole and send dust flying hundreds upon miles across the moon.