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A SpaceX rocket on a collision course with the Moon. lost control

A member of the Falcon 9 rocket, which was launched in 2015, is on a collision course with the Moon. The calculations of the creator of the astronomical programs were also confirmed by the press division of NASA. The collision could occur on March 4 and would provide scientists with an opportunity to gather useful information about the moon.

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American media reports an expected collision with the Moon from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, citing calculations made by Bill Gray, the creator of the astronomy program.

The US Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) probe, which aims to observe Earth and space weather, was launched into space on February 11, 2015. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was used to carry the probe. Four months later, the DISCOVR spacecraft has reached its target orbit and continues to operate.

But what happened to the Falcon 9 launcher? Its other member did not have enough fuel to return to Earth or escape the gravitational forces of the Earth-Moon system. So it followed a rather chaotic path and it turns out that it could hit the moon in early March.

A few days ago, Bill Gray posted the collision predictions on his website, along with asking astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts for additional observations to help improve the calculations.

Gray is the creator of the astronomical computing software used by professional astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts to track asteroids and comets. The program has not been actively developed for several years, although it is still used by some people.

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NASA is also monitoring the trajectory of the rocket. Karen Fox of NASA’s Press Division confirmed in a statement in USA Today that the second part of the rocket is likely to hit the lunar Earth on March 4, 2022, on the side of the moon not visible from Earth. The fall velocity will be 2.58 km/s.

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The collision may be useful to scientists. Satellites currently orbiting the moon will be able to gather information about a newly formed crater. In 2009, NASA sent a special mission to hit the moon and observe the effects of the collision. The project was called the Lunar Crater Monitoring and Sensing Satellite.

The situation described with the second stage of a Falcon 9 rocket is not typical, because best practice is to leave enough fuel for the rocket stage to return to Earth and burn up in the atmosphere – many agencies and space companies are currently trying to do this so as not to disrupt Earth’s orbit.


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