Part of the capsule of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft of the Crew-1 mission has been in orbit since 2020
An unexpected find was made by an Australian farmer on your own field. A three-meter fragment of the SpaceX spacecraft Elon Musk stuck into the ground. The Daily Mail writes about it.
Mick Meiners discovered the object after his daughters heard a loud bang. He called the police, they contacted the Australian National University space expert Brad Tucker, who said that it was space debris, or rather, Part of the capsule of the SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft.
It has been in orbit since November 2020. When it fell, it was supposed to burn up in the atmosphere over the ocean, but one three-meter fragment did not burn out and flew to the Mick Meiners field in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales.
“This is definitely space debris that was part of the SpaceX Crew ship -1 SpaceX has a capsule that takes people into space, but it has a bottom that flies off and becomes space debris,” Brad Tucker said on Ben Fordham Live on Monday morning.
“According to the plan, the fragment was supposed to burn in the atmosphere, and the unburned fragments were supposed to end up in the ocean, but it did not work out,” the expert concluded.
Many people in southern New South Wales are known to have seen the explosion and heard the loud bang as space debris crashed into Mr Meiners' farm.
It turned out that the three-meter fragment of the spacecraft was not the only one that fell in Australia. Smaller space debris also fell on a neighboring field.
“The Australian Space Agency is now looking into this because there is actually a legal protocol, because the fragment technically still belongs to SpaceX,” Tucker said.
According to the expert, Elon Musk and SpaceX will not want to return a piece of the ship , but if, theoretically, they suddenly change their minds, then they will have to pay Australian farmers for their space debris.
Well, farmers, if they wish, will be able to transfer the space trophy to the museum, or sell it on eBay.
Take p said that the world is full of collectors who may be interested in the fragment of the Musk spaceship.