What happened now? Pieces of space debris found in the mountains of southern New South Wales in Australia have been confirmed to be from a SpaceX spacecraft. The parts are believed to have come loose from the leaky barrel of a SpaceX capsule that was jettisoned before re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere earlier this year.

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Last Thursday, Mick Meiners and Jock Wallace, two sheep farmers in the town of Dalgety, reported the sighting of the object. They spoke to Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist at the Australian National University, who noted that their description matches the SpaceX craft that re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on July 9, twenty months after it launched in November 2020.

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Tucker’s initial assessment of the object, which is about 3 meters (9.8 ft) tall and weighs about 20-30 kg (22-66 lb), was that it “just looks like burnt wood”. […] and then you walk up to it, it’s almost like this alien obelisk.” Heat-resistant materials, including woven carbon fiber, and burn marks from re-entry seemed to confirm suspicions. on the side.

The Australian Space Agency confirmed it was the wreckage of a SpaceX spacecraft after the agency’s technical experts visited the site on Saturday. “The agency has confirmed that this is the wreckage of the SpaceX mission and continues to engage with our US counterparts, as well as other parts of the Commonwealth and local authorities as needed,” an agency spokesman said via The keeper.

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Since the first announcement was made, another wreck has been discovered, this time further west, with more expected to be found in the coming weeks, months or even years.

There are ongoing discussions about whether SpaceX will collect garbage. The actions of Elon Musk’s company could affect any potential liability, although so far it appears that the pieces landed without causing any injury, damage, or even craters.

It’s been a busy week for falling space objects. Monday brought news that another out-of-control Chinese missile had hit the ground, the third such incident. The Long March 5B re-entered the atmosphere on Saturday over the Indian Ocean before crashing somewhere near the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Watch these videos fragments leaving a trail in the night sky.