The remains of a SpaceX capsule were discovered on the land of a farm in Australia
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 04 August 2022, at 09:00 am Los Angeles time
The Australian Space Agency has confirmed that the space debris found on the farmland in the southern state of New South Wales belongs to a ship built by Elon Musk's company Read the full story: The remains of a SpaceX capsule, discovered on the land of a farm in Australia.
Agency experts investigated the location on Saturday where sheep farmers Mick Miners and Jock Wallace each discovered a piece of the capsule on their farms.
The agency was alerted by Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist at the Australian National University, who first realized that the timing and location of the debris fall coincided with a SpaceX spacecraft re-entering Earth's atmosphere on July 9. Tucker believes the debris comes from the SpaceX capsule's unpressurized trunk, which is essential for liftoff but is jettisoned upon return to Earth.
The third piece of the capsule was found further west of the other two. He expects people to find more debris "in the coming weeks, to months to even years," now that people know it has disintegrated in their area. Tucker says it's now being discussed whether SpaceX will collect the debris. Webb said that any space debris that doesn't burn up on re-entry into the atmosphere should splash down in a spot called "Point Nemo" in the Pacific Ocean - the farthest point from any land mass.