SpaceX Rocket on the way to Hit the Moon, Astronomers Predict
A piece of the SpaceX rocket that was launched seven years ago and abandoned in space following the mission will crash into the Moon in March, scientists say. The missile was established in 2015 to orbit the NASA satellite, dubbed”the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). Since the time, the second stage or booster, also known as a booster, has floated in what mathematicians refer to as a chaotic orbit, according to Astronomer Bill Grey told AFP Wednesday.The software was developed by Gray, who determined the spacecraft’s new collision path with the Moon. According to Gray, the spacecraft rocket was close to the Moon during January’s rendezvous that changed its orbit. He is the creator of Project Pluto, software that can calculate the trajectory of asteroids and various space objects and is used in NASA-funded satellite observation programs. A few days after the launch stage flew closer to its target on the Moon, Gray observed it again and predicted it was likely to crash into the lunar shadow on the 4th of March, at more than 5500 miles/hour (9,000 kilometres per hour).
Gray made a plea to the community of amateur astronomers to observe with him the booster. His conclusion was confirmed. The exact date and time of the impact could change from what he predicted, but there is general agreement that there is a collision with the Moon on that day.
‘Time to start regulating’
Astronomer Jonathan McDowell told AFP it is possible similar impacts occurred undetected.”There’re a minimum of 50 objects which were left in deep Earth orbit within the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s which were just abandoned there. We did not track them,” he stated.”Now we are obtaining a few of them… but many of them we are not finding and thus they are not there any longer,” he added.
The impact of the SpaceX rocket chunk that weighs more than four tonnes on the Moon will not be seen from Earth in real-time. But there will be a space crater that scientists can observe using satellites and spacecraft such as NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or India’s Chandrayaan-2 and gain knowledge about the geochemistry of the Moon. Spacecraft rockets were intentionally sunk into the Moon in the past for research purposes like in Apollo missions. Apollo missions, which tested seismometers.
As of 2009, NASA launched a stage for rockets into the Moon close to its south pole to search for water. But the majority of missiles don’t venture that far from Earth. SpaceX has the rocket boosters it has built back to the atmosphere of Earth so that they break apart over the ocean. The first stage then recovered and reused. Gray stated that there is the possibility of additional unintentional collisions with the Moon shortly since SpaceX and the US and Chinese space programs, in particular, release more junk into orbit. Together with international partners, the US is already working on an orbiting space station that will orbit the Moon.
McDowell observed that these kinds of events “start to become troublesome when there’s an increase in traffic. “It’s, in fact, not anyone’s task to monitor the garbage we dump out in deep Earth space,” he added. “I believe now is the right moment to regulate it. SpaceX has not yet responded to requests for clarification from AFP. Elon Musk’s company is creating a lunar lander that could enable NASA to return astronauts to the Moon before 2025 at most.