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Elon Musk rocket ‘about to crash into the Moon’ spotted in rare telescope photo

ASTRONOMERS captured images of the bus-sized rocket component on its way to collide with the Moon.

Virtual Telescope Project founder Gianluca Masi captured the upper stage of a fleeing Falcon 9 before its fatal crash on March 4.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster (marked with a white arrow) during a collision with the Moon is visible in an image taken by the Virtual Telescope Project

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster (marked with a white arrow) during a collision with the Moon is visible in an image taken by the Virtual Telescope ProjectCredit: Virtual Telescope Project

The SpaceX rocket launched from Florida in February 2015, and part of it has been orbiting Earth in a turbulent rotation ever since.

It was on a mission to deploy NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) more than a million kilometers from Earth.

“We captured the DSCOVR’s booster while it was waving at us for the last time, before it hits the Moon next month,” Masi said in a statement. statement.

His image of the rocket unit was taken using a single 60 second exposure taken from a distance with a telescope in Rome.

It is visible as a luminous parameter among dozens of “star trails” made by telescopes that track rocket stages across the sky.

In an exposure GIF posted online, the intensifier can be seen flickering dimly as it rotates on its axis about every 10 seconds, Masi said.

At the time of the photograph, the DSCOVR booster was about 300,000 km away – closer to Earth than the Moon before its last approach.

Last month, space watchers calculated that the portion of the rocket would intersect the Moon at 2.58 km/s within a few weeks.

The impact is estimated to happen by March 4, 2022, according to Bill Gray, who wrote the popular article Project Pluto software to track near-Earth objects.

“This is the first unintentional case [of space junk hitting the Moon] that I know, “Grey Written on January 21st.

The astronomer has appealed to space watchers with enhanced instrumentation to help refine his calculations.

He hopes to shorten the exact time of the crash ahead of schedule.

Unfortunately, the direct impact won’t be visible because the part of the rocket is expected to hit the far side of the Moon – the part facing away from Earth.

What is SpaceX?

Here’s what you need to know…

SpaceX is a cash rocket company that wants to send humans to Mars.

It was founded by eccentric billionaire Elon Musk in 2002 and is headquartered in Hawthorne, California.

SpaceX’s first goal is to build rockets that can automatically return to Earth for refurbishment and reuse.

This technology makes launching and operating space flights more efficient and therefore cheaper.

SpaceX is currently using its reusable Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for Nasa.

It also carries satellites and other space technologies into orbit for many government agencies and multinational companies.

The company sent astronauts to the ISS for the first time in 2020 and flew its first all-civilian crew there a year later.

Future missions will take tourists and astronauts to the Moon and Mars.

Musk has repeatedly said that he believes humanity must settle on Mars to save itself from extinction.

He plans to send a SpaceX rocket to the Red Planet in 2027.

Instead, astronomers will rely on images taken by satellites including Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to see the aftermath of the crash.

By analyzing the resulting crater, scientists hope to be able to observe subsurface material ejected by the collision to shed light on the Moon’s composition.

As part of the LCROSS mission, in 2009 Nasa purposely smashed a booster into the Moon in hopes of learning something from the debris it left behind.

“In essence, this is a ‘free’ LCROSS… except we probably won’t see the impact,” Gray wrote.

SpaceX’s 2015 mission, known as DSCOVR, was the first to leave Earth’s orbit, meaning the rocket’s second stage couldn’t be directed into the atmosphere.

That tactic is frequently used by the company and Western space agencies to minimize debris by ensuring that it burns up rather than stays in orbit.

The Virtual Telescope Project shared a GIF showing the object running somersaults through space

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The Virtual Telescope Project shared a GIF showing the object running somersaults through spaceCredit: Virtual Telescope Project / Sun
A Falcon 9 lifts off from SpaceX's Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on February 11, 2015

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A Falcon 9 lifts off from SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on February 11, 2015Credit: SpaceX

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