Runaway SpaceX rocket expected to crash into the moon

Runaway SpaceX rocket expected to crash into the moon

An errant SpaceX rocket that’s been zipping through space for seven years is expected to finally come crashing down — into the moon.

The upper stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, which became detached from the craft in 2015, is predicted to hit the moon on March 4, the Guardian said in a report.

The hunk of rocket already “made a close lunar flyby on January 5,” said Bill Gray, a data analyst and writer on space-junk issues.

“The bulk of the moon is in the way,” Gray said. “And even if it were on the near side, the impact occurs a couple of days after New Moon.”

He said the rocket section weighs more than 4 tons but is unlikely to make a significant dent on the moon, the outlet said.

The rocket, part of Elon Musk’s space program, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in February 2015 to deploy a weather satellite, Newsweek reported.

The Falcon 9 launched in 2015 to deploy a weather satellite but it did not have enough fuel to return to Earth’s orbit. The detached upper section weighs about 4 tons and is not expected to significantly dent the moon.

The runaway section didn’t have the juice to come back into Earth’s orbit and instead went hurtling into space — and toward the moon, the magazine said.

Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer with the Harvard and Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, confirmed that the rocket will likely hit the moon — but so what?

“For those asking: yes, an old Falcon 9 second stage left in high orbit in 2015 is going to hit the moon on March 4,” McDowell tweeted on Tuesday. “It’s interesting, but not a big deal.”

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