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An unidentified rocket will crash into the moon this weekend

Scientists assure us that it is only a piece of an inactive rocket that will crash into the moon, and it will have no significant effect on the dwarf planet. So, you have nothing to worry about if the world-ending event from Umbrella Academy is what came to mind first. 

Who is responsible for launching the rocket that will crash into the moon on Friday, 4 March 2022? No one knows for sure, not even astronomer Bill Gray who initially identified it.

Originally, Gray had been sure that the piece of rocket he saw hurtling towards earth’s natural satellite was the upper stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. However, he had to reaccess his initial judgment because a closer inspection cleared Falcon 9’s name as time went on. For one, the orbit did not match the rocket he had been pointing fingers at – the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite launched in February 2015.

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With Elon Musk’s company in the clear, Gray and his team accused China next. According to their report, the piece resembled the upper stage of the Chinese Chang’e 5-T1 mission, launched in 2014.

Following the accusation, China defended its rocket. The government claimed that the Chang’e 5-T1 mission’s upper stage rocket ‘completely burned up’ upon entering the earth’s atmosphere. Thus, it cannot be the rocket in question.

While the blame is still being passed to everyone sitting at the table, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will locate and analyze the rocket after it crashes into the moon. The only regret is that the estimated crash site is too far away for ground telescopes to see the event as it happens.

While this is not a cataclysmic occurrence that threatens all lives on earth, it still raises questions about space activity and regulations. Do you have an opinion on space science? Let’s hear from you below in the comment section.

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