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January 30, 2022

SpaceX Rocket Debris Drifting Towards Moon

Stranded Falcon 9 Booster in Decaying Lunar Orbit for March 4 Impact

A piece of an old Falcon 9 rocket is on a crash course with Luna, according to astronomers tracking debris in the Earth sphere. A 7-year old booster set adrift in space years ago is headed for impact, first reported by a Bill Gray in a release from January 21st. His computations show the booster making an orbit around the moon again, eventually falling into the dark side of the moon on March 4. Gray said his confidence in accuracy contains some variables in running the numbers: he is able to account for the gravitational effects of the Earth, Moon, Sun, and other planets, as well as the effect of the gentle push of sunlight on the mass.

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