Astronomer Jonathan McDowell told the British BBC that this would be the first known uncontrolled rocket collision with the moon. But the impacts will be minimal.
The explosion will create a crater
The rocket was left in orbit seven years ago after completing a mission to send a space satellite to monitor the weather on a journey of millions of miles.
It was part of Musk’s space exploration program, which aims to enable other planets to be settled and make people live on them.
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Since 2015, the rocket has been towed by various gravitational forces of the Earth, Moon and Sun, so its orbit is relatively “chaotic,” explained Professor McDowell of the US Center for Astrophysics Harvard-Smithsonian.
“She died – just by the laws of gravity.” The rocket has joined millions more space debris. These are mostly machines that also did not have enough energy to return to Earth after the mission was completed.
The collision is expected to occur on March 4, when the rocket explodes on contact.
“It’s basically a four-ton empty metal rocket-propelled tank at the back. If you imagine throwing it on a rock at 5,000 miles per hour, it won’t be nice, ”said the astronomer. It leaves a small artificial crater on the surface of the Moon.
Researchers will not get new data
“Over the decades, there have been perhaps 50 large objects that we have completely lost track of. Maybe something like this has happened many times before, we just haven’t noticed. This would be the first confirmed case now, “said McDowell.
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In 2009, Professor McDowell and other astronomers conducted an experiment in which a rocket of a similar size hit the Moon. Sensors gathered evidence of the collision so that scientists could study the crater. So it is unlikely that they will learn anything new from the accident now, the astronomer explained.
He added that while space debris, which is drifting and occasionally crashes, has no consequences, it could be different in the future.
Facts o Falcon 9
– Launch vehicle of the American private company SpaceX.
– Its traction and load capacity is comparable to the Russian Angara 5 and Proton missiles, the American Delta IV and Atlas V and the Chinese Changcheng 5.
– It became the first and so far the only space rocket in which the concept of first-degree reusability was implemented.
– On March 30, 2017, SpaceX was the first company in the world to successfully launch the previously used first stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle into space.