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Suspected debris from SpaceX capsule crashes into farmland in Australia | Science & Tech News

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· 2 mo. ago
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Part of what is suspected to be a SpaceX capsule has crashed into farmland in Australia, according to farmers and an astrophysicist.

Dr Tucker told Sky News that he explained to the farmers why he believed the artefacts came from a SpaceX capsule which had splashed down on Earth back in May. "At 7am local time, the SpaceX Crew-1 Trunk, which is the unpressurised bottom part of the capsule, was catalogued and tracked to be re-entering over the southern parts of New South Wales in Australia," explained Dr Tucker.

SpaceX did not respond to a Sky News request for a statement regarding whether the space junk was something it had left orbiting the planet.


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“Dr Tucker told sky news that he explained to the farmers why he believed…”

Gotta be a rocket scientist to follow that one.

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🎶Space junk🎶

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🎵Rocket man🎵

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This isn't the first time.

In 1979, the US de-orbited Skylab, the US space station. It was reaching end-of-life and resources were being diverted to the planned replacement Freedom, which eventually was itself diverted into the International Space Station. The Russian space station Mir would remain until its de-orbit in 2001.

Skylab's final trajectory was due to bring it down over the Indian Ocean, aiming for the surviving chunks from re-entry to splash down west of Australia. Unfortunately, orbital science is tricky, and the station either didn't burn up as quickly as thought or didn't de-orbit exactly when it was supposed to.

Debris slammed down into houses and farmland near Esperance in south-western Australia.

Strangely enough, rural Australian farming communities in Western Australia didn't have any laws on the books about who was responsible for falling space debris. The local council debated, and finally issued a ruling - a $400 fine to NASA for littering. This was largely in jest, and written off by the council a few months later.

The US government and NASA ignored the fine, although a US businessman offered a $10,000 reward for parts of the space station delivered to his office - which some enterprising Australians took him up on.

The situation was largely forgotten about until 2009, when a California Highway Radio DJ found out about the fine during a segment, and successfully raised the $400 from his listeners to pay it off.

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Are parts of that image sensored or is that thing burnt and covered in a material which absorbs all the light going into it?

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

Looks like a carbon fiber material, it's just very dark colored.

In the first image with the piece of debris standing upright you can see the thread-like feathering at the edges, but in the second image towards the bottom of the page with a piece laying down flat it's clearer.

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It really is some weird black hairy shit stuck to the side. This "article" sucks ass and only has one picture of it. This other article has multiple pictures from different angles.


https://www.tweaktown.com/news/87679/remains-of-potential-spacex-spacecraft-crash-land-on-farm/index.html

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Shit falling out of the sky in populated areas is not ok regardless who made the rocket.

Not true if you're Wernher Von Braun.

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I wonder if the company would be liable if it had injured someone or damaged property.

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Musk is already calling everyone involved kiddie fiddlers.

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China refused to share their data with the world. Space x does share this data, for safety. China needs to do better and what they need to improve on is specifically qualified.

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Spacex needs to do better.

SpaceX is doing far more than any other launch provider to reduce this sort of junk. Virtually every single booster is recovered and reused a dozen times (and counting). Fairings are recovered, refurbished, and reused. Second stages undergo a controlled reentry when the orbit allows (the rest will stay in orbit indefinitely).

The only part of the rocket missing from that list is the "trunk" of the Dragon launches, which is what was found here. Yeah, they can probably do a bit better somehow, but let's give credit where credit is due.

Oh, and that's not including their new rocket, which has the goal of recovering absolutely everything. So, yeah, they are going to do better eventually.

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This post was probably made by the PRC as a whataboutism.

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· 2 mo. ago

These fuckers launched a Tesla in to space for kicks. They could give two shits.

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Why is it fuzzy?

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Carbon fiber is frequently woven in order to distribute loads and make the material more sturdy.

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Busted up carbon fiber?

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"splashed down" into farmland. Interesting.

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· 2 mo. ago

Its a literal term for any intentional or unintentional landing. The term was correctly used.

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Makes you wonder if this is actually part of a SpaceX rocket...

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Can the farmer keep it? Luckily no one was hurt and pretty cool the way it embedded itself into the ground

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It belongs to SpaceX, which will pay for the recovery (and would have paid for damage if needed).

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Yes, but you can have it for 17 million.

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Damn China! Oh wait…

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