SpaceX will be the first company to reach the moon (accidentally) India News, The Indian Express
A Falcon 9 rocket that left Cape Canaveral in 2017. Nadezda Murmakova/Shutterstock.com
You’ve heard about space debris, but it’s time to get familiar with lunar debris. No, moon waste isn’t a weird rash; it’s the rubbish that humans will carelessly dump on Earth’s only lunar body for decades to come. And who better to start the lunar junk era than SpaceX?
Bill Gray, an independent researcher in orbital dynamics, recently began tracking a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket orbiting the moon. The rocket has been floating aimlessly since 2015, when it blasted out of Earth’s atmosphere to help test a space weather satellite.
But something strange happened when Bill Gray asked his computer to predict the rocket’s future trajectory. The computer simply refused to predict information after March 4, 2022.
That’s because the SpaceX is Falcon 9 rocket on collision course with the moon.
Bill Gray’s data is now supported by other researchers, who say the Falcon 9 rocket will crash into our moon sometime in March. The rocket weighs four tons and will hit the moon at about 5,770 mph, leaving behind a new crater and a pile of debris.
The moon itself will be fine. If the scientific community decided not to tell us about this crash, we would literally never know the difference. But this big misconception of SpaceX raises questions about our future impact on space and highlights the growing space junk problem that humans are creating.
According to NASA, the junk floating around our planet is dangerous for both satellites and manned spacecraftsuch as the ISS or manned shuttles. Even the smallest particles, such as bits of chipped paint, can damage spacecraft as it orbits Earth at 17,500 mph.
While scientists and independent companies hope to remove space debris in the future, such efforts may never extend to the moon. Rockets like the Falcon 9 should fall back to Earth and burn up in our atmosphere when they run out of juice, but it’s easy to imagine how the moon could become our Plan B dump for future rockets.
The fact that this information comes from blog of an independent researcher, as opposed to a government space center, is also alarming. In a statement to the Washington Postsays Bill Gray: “When it comes to tracking things going around the moon, I’ve never heard of anyone else paying attention to it.”