Rocket Dead Stage Identified on Paint – March 4th Moon Impact

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On March 4, an unplanned rocket stage will hit the moon. Astronomer Bill Gray initially suspected that it was part of a SpaceX rocket, but corrected himself after receiving information: the object in the path of impact with the Moon does not belong to SpaceX, but is likely part of a Chinese rocket. This is most likely the launch vehicle that China used to launch its Chang’e 5-T1 experimental lunar probe in 2014. This was confirmed by a team from the University of Arizona. The Chinese lacquer serves as proof.

“We performed spectral analysis, which can reveal the material composition of the object, and compared it with similar rockets made by China and SpaceX,” the report says. reports Professor Vishnu Reddyco-director of the Space Observation Laboratory of the University of Arizona: “I (spectral analysis) corresponds to a Chinese rocket. This is the best match and we have the best evidence we can at the moment.”

“I’m amazed that with the data we have, we can tell the difference between two rocket bodies — SpaceX or Chinese — and confirm which rocket will hit the moon,” said planetary science student Adam Battle, astonished. “The differences that we see are mainly due to the paints that SpaceX and the Chinese use.”

Students working in the Space Observation Lab observe the rotation of a large chunk of space debris for several weeks, until February 7, the last night the object could be detected from Earth. The university sends the data back to NASA to help determine the likely impact point. With any luck, the impact could be observed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Nothing will be visible from the ground. Arizona estimates point to a site at or near Hertzsprung Crater. And it’s on the far side of the moon. The crater is named after the Danish chemist and astronomer Einar Hertzsprung, who died in 1967. The namesake is considered a pioneer of astrophysics. “His” crater is located on the lunar equator and is actually a double ring. This is one of the largest ring structures on the Moon, even the inner ring has a diameter of 250 kilometers.

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Student Tanner Campbell is pleased: “We don’t often get a chance to track something we know is going to hit the moon. What’s particularly interesting is how impact craters form.” In addition, cases of forecasting trajectories are indicative. The rest of the rocket, which has no engine, spins on its own energy and solar radiation pressure: “We can use this to evaluate our models to see how accurate our predictions are.”

Most man-made objects in space are space debris, only a small part are actively used objects. Jonathan McDowell General Catalog of Artificial Space Objects knows more than 25,000 objects larger than ten centimeters in Earth orbit alone. Of these, only about 6,000 are still “alive”.

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